Interested in learning how to cook catfish? Here you will find a range of recipes that you may have never tried. They are all oriented at baking catfish in the oven for the sake of more delicate, healthy, and simply delicious meal. Just keep on reading, saving and sharing the recipes you like most of all!
Is it reasonable to cook catfish in the oven?
Catfish is one of the most popular species of fish that’s farmed practically everywhere in Nigeria. People love it for the delicious sweet meat that’s slightly firmer than other whitefish flesh and thus is good for many cooking purposes. In most cases, catfish is fried but it’s also possible to bake it and enjoy the juicy mild flavor of its meat with different dressings.
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Below, you will find several recipes that will show you how catfish can be cooked in such a way that the whole family will enjoy it – even those who don’t like fish. Just keep on reading and discover new cooking horizons and opportunities.
The best baked catfish recipes
- Simple baked catfish with paprika
You will need 2 catfish fillets, 4 oz. of butter, 4 oz. dry white wine, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro, salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon paprika
You will need to preheat the oven to 190ºC. Then, wash the fillets, season them with salt and pepper to your taste, and put into a deep casserole. Take a saucepan and melt the butter in it until it’s liquid. Mix the butter with the wine, chopped garlic, chopped cilantro, and lemon juice in a separate bowl or immediately in the saucepan. Then, simmer the mixture for a minute or two.
Pour the butter mixture over the fillets and sprinkle the ground paprika all over them. Put the casserole into the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Such fish tastes best when still hot.
- Another paprika-scented baked catfish recipe
You will need 1 cup of cornbread crumbles, ½ teaspoon paprika, 1 pound of fresh catfish (4 fillets), 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of butter.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
Take a flat shallow dish and pour the breadcrumbs and paprika over it. In a separate bowl, whip the egg. Then, take each piece of the fish, dip it into the egg, and roll in breadcrumbs. After this, place each piece onto a greased baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. The readiness is determined with the help of a fork. When the meat flakes easily, it’s ready. Best served with blue cheese. This is one of the best ways to bake catfish quickly and make it really delicious.
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- Whole catfish baked in the oven
Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
Rinse the fish, remove the intestines and rinse the inside again. Remove the excess water with paper towels. Take a piece of aluminum foil and spread it over a baking sheet. Lay several slices of lemon and several sprigs of aromatic spicy herbs like thyme or rosemary over the lemon.
Take the fish body and make several diagonal cuts on either side of the body. The cuts should not ruin the body. They just let the heat get deep easily and shorted the cooking time. Sprinkle the body with some salt and olive oil. Place the body over the lemon and herbs. Then, add some salt and lemon into the empty belly of the fish. Finally, place several lemon slices on the side of the fish that’s facing up.
Finally, wrap the foil around the fish body in such a way that the juices that flow out of it while baking stayed inside. Place the wrapped fish onto a baking sheet and leave in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. This is a regular cooking time for an average fish weighing about 2 or 2 ½ pounds.
- Catfish baked with herbs
You will need 4 (6 ounce) catfish fillets, 2 tablespoons of dried parsley, 3/4 teaspoon of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
Preheat the oven to 150°C.
Put the fillets into a baking dish. Mix parsley, paprika, thyme, oregano, basil, and black pepper in a separate bowl, then pour the mixture over the fish fillets. Then, mix lemon juice, garlic powder, and butter and cover the fish fillets with it.
Use aluminum foil to prevent spreading of the juices while cooking and make the cleaning easier. Besides that, you can always store leftovers in it and have them always fresh and juicy.
Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven until the meat starts to flake easily.
- Crispy catfish baked with herbs
Take 2 tablespoons of yellow cornmeal, ½ teaspoon of dried thyme, ½ teaspoon of dried basil, ¼ teaspoon of powdered garlic, ¼ teaspoon of lemon-pepper seasoning, 2 catfish fillets, ¼ teaspoons of paprika.
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Then, take a shallow bowl or a dish and mix all the ingredients except the fish and paprika. Take the fish fillets and roll in the dry mixture on all sides. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil and place the fillets over it. Sprinkle the fillets with paprika.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes depending on the size of the fillets. Check the readiness with the help of a fork.
- Catfish baked with herbs
2 tablespoons of minced fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon of salt, ¾ teaspoons of paprika, ½ teaspoons of thyme, ½ teaspoon of oregano, ½ teaspoons of basil, ½ teaspoons of pepper, 4 catfish fillets, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, 1 minced clove of garlic
You can take either fresh herbs or dried ones, whatever you prefer or can get. There’s no big difference anyway. Mix the first seven ingredients and make sure every ingredient is spread evenly. Take the fillets and roll them in the mixture of herbs on both sides. Then, pour the minced garlic into the lemon juice and butter and spread the mixture over the fish.
Bake the fillets without any cover for 15 to 20 minutes at 150°C or until they are ready (check the readiness with the help of a fork.
- Easy and delicious baked catfish recipe
Take 1 cup of crushed cornflakes, ¾ teaspoon of celery salt, ¼ teaspoon of onion powder, ¼ teaspoon of paprika, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, 6 catfish fillets, 1/3 cup of melted butter
Take a shallow bowl or a dish and mix the dry ingredients. Using a kitchen brush, cover the fillets with butter and then roll in the crumbs and herbs. Place the fillets into a greased baking dish that suits their size. Bake in the previously heated oven at 150°C for 20 to 25 minutes or until readiness can be checked with the help of a fork.
- Baked catfish with white wine
Take catfish fillets and rinse them with cold water. Pat dry with the help of paper towels. In the meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease your baking sheet with some butter or olive oil, as you wish. Take the fillets and season them on both sides with salt, black pepper and paprika. Lay the fillets onto their flat side and, if you want, add some more paprika on the top side.
Cut a small piece of butter per each fillet and place it on the top of each piece. Take a spoon and with its help, season each piece of the fish with white wine. Add some fresh aromatic herbs and send to baking. In some 20 minutes, everything will be ready.
Check the readiness of each piece with the help of a fork. When the meat flakes easily, the fillets are ready. Take them out of the oven and serve while hot.
Well, these are some easy but mouth-watering baked catfish recipes that will help you enjoy delicious taste and delight your guests!
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