It’s Reel Easy: Oven Fried Catfish

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation declaring June 25 to be National Catfish Day, celebrating “a uniquely American food delicacy.”

It was a well-deserved honor. Catfish is versatile, tasty, low in mercury and consistently one of the most-consumed fish in the United States. Here’s an easy recipe to enjoy on this National Catfish Day.

Oven Fried Catfish


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds catfish fillets cut into equal portions
1 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon hot sauce


  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Grease a 13×9 glass baking dish with the oil.
  3. Rinse the catfish fillets and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, creole seasoning, paprika, sugar and black pepper.
  5. Combine the eggs and hot sauce in another bowl.
  6. Dip fillets in the egg mixture, dredge in the cornmeal mixture and place in dish.
  7. Bake for 15 -20 minutes until golden brown. Turn once during cooking.
  8. Serve immediately with additional hot sauce on the side.

— P.J. Butland