Skillet Catfish

Give this simple, but delicious method of cooking catfish a try. The spicy cornmeal rub adds just the right amount of seasoning.

Seasoned catfish cooking in skillet.

Serves: 4

Serving size: 1 4-ounce filet


For the spice rub:

1/8 cup cornmeal
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 4-ounce catfish filets
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1 lemon or lime, quartered


  1. Make the spice rub. Put the cornmeal, oregano, cayenne pepper, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper on a plate and combine well.
  2. Dredge both sides of the catfish in the spice mixture.
  3. Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to high.
  4. When the skillet is hot, add the oil. Add the fish and cook about 4 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked throughout.
  5. Serve right away garnished with lemon or lime wedges.


Try substituting with cod or tilapia for a delicious variety.

Nutrition Facts Label for Skillet Catfish

Source: USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl


Zeanny Egea Alvarado
Nutrition Connections Teacher
Extension Teacher
Phone: 603-788-4961
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824