Baked Blackened Catfish The Healthy Alternative to Pan Fried Catfish

Baked blackened catfish is a much healthier alternative to pan fried catfish. Forget about the grease and the crust. And no need to worry about your kitchen filling up with all the smoke you get from pan-fried meats seasoned with blackened seasoning.

You can bake this blackened catfish dish in the oven and you get all of these benefits.

  • A delicious and flavorful entree
  • A inexpensive meal
  • Easy to prepare
  • Use Ingredients that you already have

This is the one recipe you will want to try if you are a fan of catfish. I've cooked this recipe on many occasions and my dinner guests have always enjoyed this dish. Most often they even ask for the recipe too.

Here is the baked catfish recipe for your enjoyment.

Baked Blackened Catfish Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 6-8 catfish fillets, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  • olive oil

Cookware and Utensils:

  • 1 cast iron skillet or large heavy skillet
  • 1 large baking dish
  • 1 mixing bowl

Recipe Instructions:

As always the key to great cooking is to be prepared and to use quality ingredients.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease your baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Rinse catfish fillets under running cold and then thoroughly pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Make your seasoning mixture by combining cayenne pepper, crushed dried thyme leaves, paprika, lemon pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl.
  4. Brush melted butter lightly over one side of catfish fillets and sprinkle with blackened seasoning mix. Repeat process for other side. Be sure too completely coat each fillet.
  5. Heat iron cast skillet over medium-high heat very hot. Pour any leftover butter into your skillet. Carefully place the catfish fillets into the skillet and cook for 2 minutes on both sides until slightly blackened.
  6. Remove from skillet and arrange in lightly greased baking dish. Coat the top of each fillet with the Italian salad dressing. Bake for about 30 minutes until the fish easily flakes with a fork.

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Enjoy Your Blackened Catfish.

Serve finished fillets over a bed of white steamed rice with your favorite salad and a baked potato.

Baked blackened catfish and grits is one of my favorite breakfast dishes.

The catfish is marinated in a rich blend of Cajun spices before it is baked to perfection in the oven. Meanwhile, the creamy stone-ground grits provide a tasty base that absorbs all those amazing flavors. To top it off, crispy bacon and sweet tomatoes finish off this Southern-inspired breakfast dish.

Every bite of this delicious meal takes me right back home and I love how easy it is to make for both large and small families. With tender fish, savory grits, smoky bacon and lots of flavor, this meal has become a staple in my kitchen and I look forward to enjoying it any day of the week!