Pan Fried Catfish Filets

Pan Fried Catfish Filets


"Lightly fried and very flavorful. Sure to please all. Serve with lemon wedges and homemade tartar sauce."


45 m servings 489 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 489 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 29.3 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.7g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 22.5 g
  • 45%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 88 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together cornmeal, cayenne pepper, paprika and onion powder. Mix well. Pour mixture onto a large sheet of waxed paper.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Pour milk into a medium bowl. Dip catfish filets into milk and hold up and let the milk drip off. Roll the milk-soaked filet in the cornmeal mixture until completely covered. Set aside.
  4. Fry the garlic in the hot skillet, but do not burn. Add the coated catfish filets and cook for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, sprinkling salt on the fish after each turn. Cook until golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels.
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  1. 70 Ratings


This recipe was quick and simple. I had some thick filets that did not get done when the crust looked done so I put them in the oven. They turned out great. This dish is kind of hot. My 6 yea...

I won't make this again. A much better coating is Italian bread crumbs with Seasoned Salt and more Oregano. Dip fish in milk/egg, coat with coating and fry. Serve with lemon juice. Works with an...

Absolutely fantastic! I rubbed the fish with Adobo seasoning on both sides before dredging it in the cornmeal coating. I did not use the milk. The fish already had enough moisture for the coati...

I noticed the question about mercury content in catfish. As I understand it, mercury content is of concern for ocean fish such as tuna, shark, etc. Catfish, being a river or farm raised fish, ...

As written, it isn't terrible, but there are some issues. The garlic tends to burn easily, and the fish really doesn't need it; but if you want that flavor, use some garlic powder in the seasoni...

I used a packaged fish fry mix and just added garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. The mix already had a good amount of cayenne and also had some lemon juice added to it. My fish turned o...

This recipe was good. As always when frying, be sure the oil is hot enough before adding your fish. Otherwise, you'll end up with a not-so-tasty disaster (which I did the on my first attempt a...

I wish I had put these in the oven to finish them off, too -- the fillets were thick and I overcooked them on the stove. Unfortunately the olive oil gave these a funny taste (I wish I had used c...

If I were to make this again, I would cut the corn meal in half and add 1 cup of flour and add some garlic, maybe some kosher salt, something to add some flavor to it.