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Baked Breaded Catfish

Recently I bought a family pack of frozen catfish.I never cook catfish before but would love to try out this fish.I understand Chinese don't really care for catfish but American love it.I remember years ago when I was fishing with my master,he told me catfish or bluefish is a lower grade fish,he prefer seabass,blackfish,flounder,stripebass and porgies,so do I.Well,now I can't really enjoy my leisure hobby,salt water fishing! Beggar can't be choosy,right? I decided to bake the ready cut catfish with Italian breadcrumbs,more healthy than fried! Ingredients:

2 lb cut frozen catfish

2 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp ground pepper

1 eggs

1/2 cup corn flour

3-4 tbsp olive oil (for drizzling)

Tartar sauce for dipping

some Parmesan cheese for sprinkle(optional)

2 ziploc bag


1:Defrost and wash catfish with lemon first,pat it dry with paper towel.Season with salt and pepper for 15 minutes,set aside.Preheat oven at 375 F and prepare a baking tray lined up with aluminum foil.

2:In a small bowl crack eggs and beat the eggs up,set aside.

3:Prepare 2 zip loc bag,one for breadcrumbs and one for corn flour.

4:Mix the seasoned catfish into the cornflour bag,shake it well,then dip into the beaten eggs, and then into breadcrumbs bag.Lay the breaded cat fish on the prepared foil tray.Repeat the process until the catfish finish.

5:Drizzling olive oil on the prepared breaded fish.Bake the fish at 350 F for 20 minutes or until golden brown.Remove the breaded fish and serve warm with tartar sauce.Sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese (optional)
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
After baked
close up look.
Prepared for baking
I found out the catfish meat is kind of tough and meaty.I think this kind of fish is suitable to use to cook curry or stir fry.If I used breaded in further I won't use Italian breadcrumbs.Personally I think the flavor is not fresh and overwhelming.I prefer Panko breadcrumbs.

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Anonymous said...
November 29, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Catfish is new to me. Luv your recipe! It is definitely a healthy choice!

Anonymous said...
November 29, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Yummy! And it's so much healthier since it's baked. But my hubby doesn't like the smell of catfish.

Anonymous said...
November 30, 2008 at 1:30 AM

They look very finger friendly :)

Anonymous said...
November 30, 2008 at 8:04 AM

Great idea for finger food. But I am not a catfish lover. Will probably try with Dory fish

Anonymous said...
December 1, 2008 at 12:45 AM

oh yummmm i love anything breaded!

Anonymous said...
December 1, 2008 at 4:10 PM

I have never tried catfish before!! Your fish fingers look good.... I want some with chili sauce!!

Anonymous said...
December 3, 2008 at 1:00 AM

Thank you for your comments.if you guys didn't have the chance to try catfish,why not try now:D

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.