Cheesy Catfish Recipe - A Delicious USA Dish

Cheesy Catfish

Cheesy Catfish Recipe - A Delicious USA Dish
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 4


Cheesy Catfish
Cheesy Catfish

Cheesy Catfish is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the delicate taste of U.S. Farm-Raised catfish with the rich and tangy flavor of Parmesan cheese. This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a special weekend meal.


The combination of cheese and fish is a classic pairing that has been enjoyed for centuries. Cheesy Catfish is a modern twist on this traditional dish, with the addition of cornmeal and spices to give it a unique and delicious flavor.


How to prepare

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Place margarine in a 13x9 inch baking pan and place it in the oven to melt while the oven is heating. Remove the pan from the oven.
  2. 2. In a plastic bag, mix Parmesan cheese, cornmeal, flour, pepper, and paprika. Add Catfish fillets one at a time and shake the bag to coat the fillets with the Parmesan mixture. Arrange the fillets in a single layer in the prepared pan, turning them once to coat them with margarine. Sprinkle the remaining cheese mixture over the fillets.
  3. 3. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the fillets turn golden brown and easily flake when tested with a fork.


  • Try using different types of cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella, for a different flavor profile.
  • Add herbs and spices, such as dill or garlic, to the Parmesan mixture for added depth of flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to preheat the oven before starting the recipe to ensure even cooking.

- Coat the catfish fillets evenly with the Parmesan mixture to ensure a crispy and flavorful crust.

- Check the fillets regularly while baking to prevent them from overcooking and becoming dry.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Cheesy Catfish with a side of steamed vegetables and a squeeze of lemon juice for a fresh and balanced meal.

Cooking Techniques

Baking is the preferred cooking technique for this recipe, as it allows the catfish fillets to cook evenly and develop a crispy crust.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use butter instead of margarine for a richer flavor.

- Cornmeal can be substituted with breadcrumbs for a different texture.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the Parmesan mixture and coat the catfish fillets in advance, then bake them just before serving for a quick and easy meal.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Cheesy Catfish on a bed of mixed greens or with a side of rice for a visually appealing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Cheesy Catfish pairs well with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, or a light beer.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (177°C) until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Cheesy Catfish contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of Cheesy Catfish contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Cheesy Catfish contains approximately 12 grams of fat.


Each serving of Cheesy Catfish contains approximately 30 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Cheesy Catfish is a good source of vitamin B12, selenium, and phosphorus.


This recipe contains dairy (Parmesan cheese) and gluten (flour), so it may not be suitable for those with dairy or gluten allergies.


Cheesy Catfish is a nutritious and delicious dish that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. It is a good source of vitamin B12, selenium, and phosphorus.


Cheesy Catfish is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special weekend meal. With its crispy Parmesan crust and tender catfish fillets, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was captivated by its simplicity. It was a hot summer day in the small town where I grew up, and my Aunt Martha had invited me over for lunch. As I walked into her cozy kitchen, the aroma of her cooking filled the air and made my mouth water.

Aunt Martha was a talented cook, known throughout the town for her delicious dishes. She had a way of taking simple ingredients and turning them into mouthwatering meals that left you craving more. On that particular day, she was preparing Cheesy Catfish, a recipe she had learned from a friend many years ago.

I watched in awe as Aunt Martha effortlessly seasoned the catfish fillets with a blend of herbs and spices. She then coated them in a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated cheese before frying them to a golden brown perfection. The smell that filled the kitchen was intoxicating, and I couldn't wait to taste the finished dish.

As we sat down to eat, I took my first bite of the Cheesy Catfish and was immediately blown away. The fish was tender and flaky, with a crispy coating that was perfectly seasoned. The melted cheese added a creamy richness that took the dish to a whole new level. I couldn't get enough, and Aunt Martha was pleased to see how much I enjoyed her creation.

After lunch, I asked Aunt Martha for the recipe, eager to recreate the dish in my own kitchen. She smiled and handed me a piece of paper with the ingredients and instructions written in her elegant handwriting. I thanked her profusely and promised to make the Cheesy Catfish for my own family soon.

Over the years, I have made the Cheesy Catfish recipe countless times, each time tweaking it to suit my own tastes. I have added a dash of lemon juice for brightness, or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a kick of heat. No matter how I adapt the recipe, the end result is always a delicious, comforting meal that brings back memories of Aunt Martha's kitchen.

As I reflect on the many recipes I have collected over the years, I realize that each one tells a story. Whether it's a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation, or a new discovery shared by a friend, each recipe has its own history and significance. The Cheesy Catfish recipe will always hold a special place in my heart, reminding me of lazy summer afternoons spent in Aunt Martha's kitchen, surrounded by the warmth of good food and good company.

I hope that one day, my own grandchildren will look back on the recipes I have shared with them and feel the same sense of connection and nostalgia. Cooking is more than just preparing food – it's a way of preserving memories, honoring traditions, and bringing people together. And for me, the Cheesy Catfish recipe will always be a reminder of the joy and love that can be found in a simple, delicious meal.


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