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Spicy Oven Fried Catfish | Grandbaby Cakes
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4.60 from 86 votes

Spicy Oven Fried Catfish

 This perfectly flavorful oven fried catfish recipe has a spicy edge.  Get that fantastic Southern flavor without the extra fat of frying.  And this recipe works with other fish as well! 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun/Creole
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 276kcal


  • Non-stick olive oil spray
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2-2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 pound catfish fillets cut into smaller pieces


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper liberally sprayed with non-stick olive oil spray.
  • In a brown bag or ziploc bag, add cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon pepper, and paprika and shake together.
  • In a deep pie plate or large shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and hot sauce.
  • Add each fillet to the bag of cornmeal breading to coat then dip into beaten eggs on both sides, then lastly add back into the cornmeal breading and shake liberally to coat well. Place the fillet on the coated baking sheet. Repeat with each fillet.
  • Liberally spray the tops of each fillet with non-stick baking spray coating the fish well until completely covered in spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on thickness of fillets until golden brown but still juicy in the inside.
  • Remove fish and cool for 5 minutes then serve with lemon and chopped parsley.



Make sure you liberally spray the fish with the oil spray to ensure that it bakes up golden and crunchy.
Catfish can be replaced in this recipe with other fish like tilapia, flounder, and cod.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 1010mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.9mg