Southern-Cornmeal Crusted Catfish With Crunchy Corn Relish

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

From the Catfish Institute.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make Crunchy Corn Relish: Melt butter in a large skillet. Add water and corn; cover and simmer for 4 minutes. Stir in red pepper and cook for 1 additional minute. Add green onion, half-and-half, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. To make Southern Cornmeal Crusted Catfish: Stir together buttermilk or yogurt and hot sauce; brush on catfish and allow to marinate for 10 minutes. Coat catfish lightly with cornmeal and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Melt butter and olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. When skillet is hot, sauté catfish about 3 minutes on each side, turning only once, until golden and crisp. Serve with relish. Makes 4 servings.


Most Helpful

I've used this recipe for catfish for years and it's one of my very favorites! I use plain nonfat yogurt to brush on the fish, and if it isn't fresh corn season or if I'm in a hurry, I've used canned Mexicorn (without the butter and water) for the relish. Thanks for posting!

Kendra* January 21, 2006

Outstanding recipe. A very nice change from fish with tartar sauce or lemon sauce. I used buttermilk for the marinade, and Louisiana Fish Fry mix for the cornmeal (it's a combination of cornmeal and cornstarch). I made the relish as written using frozen corn. The only thing I will do different next time is eliminate the half and half so there is nothing "runny" in the relish when we put it on the fish. DH said this was the best meal he's had so far on the World Tour.

PanNan July 19, 2006

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