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Grilled Catfish

Skillet Grilled Catfish Cajun Style

A variation away from fried catfish that could easily become a favorite!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Grilling
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 165 kcal


  • 4 fillets 6 ounces each fresh catfish
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces and kept cold
  • Lemon wedges and chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Combine the cornmeal and flour, then add the dried onion, garlic, basil, thyme, kosher salt, white pepper and cayenne pepper. Pour the mixture in a resealable plastic bag and dredge the catfish fillets, one by one.
  2. Light a charcoal barbecue to medium heat. Place a cast iron or heavy enamel skillet on the grill rack. When it gets hot, add the butter.
  3. When the butter has stopped sizzling, add the coated fillets, flat side up. Close the hood to the barbecue and let the fish cook, about 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the fish over and finish cooking, covered, for another 6 to 8 minutes. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
  4. Plate the fillets on a warmed platter and pour the juices from the skillet over the fish. Serve with lemon wedges and chopped fresh parsley scattered over the top.