Un-Fried Catfish

"A wonderful recipe for those who like to fish. I have used this recipe on various types of fresh fish."
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  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • spray the vegetable oil over baking sheet 3 times to coat.
  • Put cornmeal, thyme, and basil on large plate and mix well.
  • Sprinkle 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp lemon pepper, and 1 tsp of blackening seasoning on each catfish fillet.
  • Coat the fillets thoroughly with cornmeal mixture and transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  • Dust each fillet with 1/8 tsp of paprika.
  • Coat the catfish lightly with cooking spray.
  • Place baking sheet on bottom shelf of oven.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for about 5 minutes more, until the crust is golden and the fish flakes easily.

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  1. Oolala
    Well, I must agree with Teri, the previous reviewer, that if you love fried catfish but are trying to eat healthier, this is a good alternative. We liked it but didn't love it. I used Emeril's Essence for the blackening spices (not sure what was to be used). I have a cajun blend but it has so much salt that I hardly use it. I think I would have liked the salt here. Thanks for posting.
  2. Teri8551
    I found this recipe in Master Cook ( Oprah's Un-fried Catfish) and have also,been using it ever since. Even tho I love deep fried catfish it doesn't love my arteries and this is a close second. Sometimes I use the spices listed and sometimes I use Cajun seasonings.


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