Spicy Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 15 mins

Serve this fish with tartar sauce as a main dish or also delicious served as a sandwich. Easy preparation. Prep time includes refrigeration time. From Eating Well Magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place fillets in a single layer in a shallow glass dish, Pour milk over the fish; cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare Tangy Tartar Sauce: Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Keep refrigerated.
  5. Makes 1/2 cup.
  6. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  7. Combine cornmeal, parsley, garlic and cayenne to taste in a shallow dish.
  8. Remove the fish from the milk, sprinkle both side with salt and dredge in the cornmeal mixture.
  9. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  10. Place the fish on baking sheet and lightly coat the fish with cooking spray.
  11. Bake until the fish is firm to the touch and opaque in the center, 10-15 minutes.
  12. Serve immediately with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.
  13. Makes 4 servings.
Most Helpful

Great dish! We loved the crust on the fish and the sauce was awesome too! I used some fresh catfish, and it can't be beat!

karens2kids June 13, 2010

I just made the fish, not the tartar sauce. It is a good way to get a "mock" fried fish!

Maito February 02, 2009

This is delicious fish! I used some tilapia that I had on hand and it was outstanding prepared this way. I used 3/4 tsp of cayenne and it had a great little kick. I did make the tartar sauce and it was a great accompaniment. This made a wonderful quick and easy fish dish with ingredients I always have on hand - thanks for posting the recipe!

loof December 28, 2008