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Skillet-Grilled Catfish

You can use this recipe with any thick fish fillet, but I suggest catfish or haddock. The Cajun flavor is great! —Traci Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 catfish fillets (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup butter


  • In a large shallow dish, combine the first 9 ingredients. Add catfish, 1 fillet at a time, and turn to coat.
  • Place a large cast-iron skillet on a grill rack over medium-high heat. Melt butter in the skillet; add catfish in batches, if necessary. Grill, covered, until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 5-10 minutes on each side.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 222 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 366mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Larry
    Jan 12, 2021

    I catch and cook l Love 3to4lb'Channel cat the best fried or stove top grilled Gorge Forman Forman dose the job with butter flavored Pam.

  • Dana
    Oct 29, 2020

    Just say NO to any farm raised fish!

  • cynandtom
    Jun 22, 2020

    I cooked the fish on the stove top in a cast iron skillet, not on a grill rack. Crispy, flaky, and delicious. I served with my Cheesy Rice Casserole.

  • Beth
    Jul 21, 2019

    My family enjoyed it. They normally don't care for catfish, but this recipe tasted very good. After each batch, I wiped the iron skillet clean so the leftover remnants wouldn't burn during the next batch. I was able to cover 4 lbs of catfish with the coating. I didn't use thyme or basil and only used black pepper because that's all I had on hand. Also, I used my stove slightly above a medium heat rather than using the skillet on the grill. The filets cooked for about 5 minutes on each side.

  • mumsay
    Jul 15, 2014

    I followed the recipe exactly, using the lesser amounts of the peppers. It turned out great, but I may use 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper next time to turn up the heat a little. Also, I pan fried the fish using the full amount of butter instead of grilling. Yummy!

  • LauraManning
    Jul 13, 2010

    Use the full amount of butter or your fish will stick to the pan! This has a great flavor.