Mighty Meals

Baked Catfish

Being pescatarian, I am always experiment good fish recipes. Recently I found that I have a deep love for catfish. It’s absolutely delicious and can be cooking in so many different ways but today I wanted to go over a baked catfish recipe.

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The best part of this dish is how easy and fast it is to prepare. There really is only 5 minutes of prep time and approximately 15 minutes of cook time. And with that, you’ll have a lovely golden brown meal. This recipe takes only a few ingredients, and it’s very easy to mix and match what you want for flavor.

I like to mix the cornmeal with old bay seasoning, cumin, and paprika. But I’ve had some fun with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper, and many more. Really, just feel free to play for any spices you have lying around the house. There are many fun options and mixtures to discover.

Next, you want to make sure to salt and pepper the fish. It’s an important step to impart even more flavor into the fish. At this point, I like to pour the cornmeal mixture out onto a plate.

I use a paper plate because I’m lazy but it doesn’t make too much of a mess on a normal plate as well. The plate will make dredging the fish much easier. Then just place the fish on a sheet tray and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.

I probably should have mentioned to preheat the oven sooner but you’ll want to have the oven preheated to 435 degrees F. I like to use the convection bake setting on the oven because it allows a nice and crispy crust on the fish. Then, just a short fifteen minute bake later, the cooking is done! Enjoy your delicious basked fish!

Baked Catfish

This is a very easy and delicious baked fish recipe that takes so little time to prepare and bake!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Servings 3


  • 1 Cup Cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 4 Catfish Fillets
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper


  • Preheat the over to 425 degrees F (I use convection bake).
  • In a bowl, combine cornmeal, old bay seasoning, cumin and paprika. Whisk all ingredients.
  • Season catfish with seal and pepper. Dredge fish in cornmeal mixture, pressing to coat.
  • Lay baking parchment on a baking sheet, place fish on baking sheet. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Bake until golden, approximately 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy!!


In the cornmeal mixture, feel free to get creative! I found I like this mixture of spices but there are plenty of other options to mix in. Some possible examples:
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Turmeric
Keyword Baked, Catfish, Fish

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