Catfish Cakes

Leader food columnist said you can use your fresh catch of catfish to make these tasty Catfish Cakes.

Fishing season is at its best right now, whether it’s for bass, crappie or catfish. Most prefer their “catch” fried and crispy, but there is another way to fix catfish that is just as tasty.

We’ve all tried “crab cakes” and know how delicious they are, but did you know you can also make Catfish Cakes that are great as well? They’re easy to make, either with fish you catch yourself or even with some you buy at the supermarket.

Serve the fish with a fresh, green salad or some potato salad, along with some corn and a tall, frosty mug of iced tea for a perfect summer meal!


1 pound of catfish fillets or nuggets

3/4 cup cornmeal

1 teaspoon baking powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup finely chopped red or green bell pepper

1 teaspoon dried Creole seasoning

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 egg

2 to 3 tablespoons oil

Place fillets or nuggets in microwave and cover with microwave-safe waxed paper. Microwave on high for about 4-5 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Place catfish in a large bowl; break into small pieces with a fork. Add cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper, onions, bell pepper and Creole seasoning; mix well.

In small bowl, combine buttermilk and egg; mix well. Add to catfish mixture; mix well. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil on a griddle or in large iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drop catfish mixture by rounded tablespoons onto hot griddle or skillet; flatten to form a patty. Cook 2 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once during cooking. Add remaining 1 to 2 tablespoons oil as needed during cooking. Makes 5 servings.

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