Catfish in the Oven!
I have always liked to eat catfish….especially when I caught them.
When I was growing up on the farm…we had a creek that ran through our property and I learned to fish from my grandma Alice.
Grandma Alice had Sand Creek close by her home and I loved to go with her to fish on a lazy afternoon.
I wrote a post on fishing with Grandma Alice…if you would like to see it…just click on the link below. 🙂
Although Grandma Alice used an old enamel bucket for an all purpose bait box….One day, I found an old fashioned Creel at Cabela’s on-line and I just had to have it.
Do you my dear readers remember these Creels?
No, I have never used it for anything other than decor….I just loved the nostalgia of it. But I digress…..
When Grandma Alice and I would catch fish…usually bullheads and catfish…She would clean them (I helped) and then she would fry them up in a cast iron skillet, along side some fried potatoes interlaced with onions and some yummy creamed peas, all from her garden. Yummy good!
Yes, everything fried, but oh so good comfort food.
Many people have decided that oven baked food is healthier, easier to prepare and tastes just as good.
Well, some things taste just as good….sometimes…moderately of course…fried tastes better! 🙂
This recipe is one of those “in the oven” recipes and I have to admit…it does taste just as good.
Maybe not as good as a deep fried catfish but certainly as good or better than pan fried catfish.
The key to this dish is my favorite cookware…cast iron. I have several pieces of cast iron…among them …dutch ovens, skillets, and this griddle.
If you use a bit of olive oil, and put the cast iron griddle in the oven to get plenty good and hot….it is almost like frying in a pan.
True, there is breading on this catfish…and a broiled or oven baked catfish without breading, would definitely be healthier.
BUT…I happen to love this recipe and make it often.
The Captain and I love spicy food so I have added a bit of Tabasco Sauce…but you could add chili powder or cayenne pepper.
Below is the handy dandy printable recipe if you want to try this catfish recipe.
It is a perfect choice for dinner today…The Kansas Jayhawks are playing the Texas Tech Raiders…and you know how much of a college basketball fan I am! 😉
Rock Chalk Jayhawk….and Catfish in the Oven for dinner. 😉
- 4 catfish fillets
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce (I prefer Tabasco)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning (I like Old Bay)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Mix together buttermilk and hot sauce in a rectangle or square baking dish
- Give each filet of catfish a salt and pepper on both sides and add the catfish fillets to the buttermilk mixture.(be sure the fillets are completely covered with the buttermilk and set aside)
- Heat oven to 475º.
- Coat a heavy cooking tray or large cast iron griddle or skillet with olive oil.
- Place in the oven to heat and be ready for the breaded fillets.
- Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, seafood seasoning, and garlic powder in another deep dish.
- Carefully remove each fillet from the buttermilk, (letting excess drip off), and carefully dredge on both sides with the flour/cornmeal mixture.
- Open the oven door and carefully place each fillet onto the hot baking pan.
- Bake for about 6 minutes on each side (I like to flip the fillets with a large spatula)
- If you have a cast iron griddle...this makes a perfect browning pan. You could also use a heavy cookie sheet.
- You can substitute a crab boil for the seafood seasoning or any other seasoning you prefer.
- Make up a tarter sauce or use a bottled sauce.