Catfish are found in most lakes through the state of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Catfish come in many varieties. The four most prevalent are the bullhead, channel, flathead, and blue catfish, all of which are of excellent eating quality. The fish can be cooked in multiple ways because of the texture and taste. Catfish recipes are all delicious. Let’s see the best ways of how to cook catfish.

What is the difference between the taste and texture of farm-raised catfish versus wild-caught catfish?

Farm-Raised Catfish

Catfish, which are farm-raised, primarily feed on grain. The consumption of grain gives the fillets a sweet and mild taste. A cooked farmed catfish fillet is very moist rarely dry. 

Fresh Caught Catfish

Wild catfish spend almost all of their time at the bottom of the creek, river, reservoir, lake, or any other water body. As a result of the habitat in which they live, they can take on a bit of a muddy taste. In areas that the water is not as mucky, the fillets won’t take on as strong of a flavor. Not everyone will notice the difference, its highly dependent on the individual. 

Three best catfish recipes

Blackened Catfish

Blackened catfish recipe is otherwise known as cajun catfish, is a common way to cook almost any type of fish. The formula is simple and can be cooked on many different cooking surfaces.

To make a homemade cajun or blackening seasoning, combine the following ingredients. Keep in mind; you may need more based on how many fillets are needing to be coated.

  • Teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • A Teaspoon of onion powder
  • Teaspoon of garlic powder
  • A Teaspoon of salt
  • Teaspoon of Thyme
  • A Teaspoon of oregano
  • Teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • A Teaspoon of paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons of smoked paprika

Combine all of these ingredients and mix them in a bowl. Coat each side of the catfish fillets before cooking. 

Blackened catfish can be cooked in the following ways

Pan fried catfish

Grilled catfish 

Baked catfish

Fried catfish with the seasoning mixed into the breading

Blackened grilled catfish recipes are the most popular methods. Place the cooked catfish on a plate or sandwich roll. Don’t forget a squeeze of lemon and tartar sauce. 

Fried Catfish

Much like any other fish, you can’t go wrong with deep fried catfish. The fillets always come out with a moist interior at slight crunch on the exterior to suit the taste buds.

Fried catfish recipes are very straightforward, much like blackened catfish. Keep in mind that the ingredient used to bread the fish can vary. This fried catfish recipe is going to call for breadcrumbs. Another breaded catfish version is southern fried catfish utilizes cornmeal as the outer coating with creole seasoning or blackening seasoning mixed in. 

The catfish nugget recipe is straightforward to make, and the ingredients are commonly found in most homes. The recipe will vary based on how many fillets you are breading. 

Beaten eggs

Flour with your favorite seasoning add or just plain salt and pepper 

Breadcrumbs

Cut the fillets into nugget sized pieces.Dip the fish in the flour and coat it well. Move the coated fish into the egg was until covered. Pack the egg soaked nuggets into a bowl of breadcrumbs and drop them in the fryer. The question always remains, how long to fry catfish? It isn’t easy to answer because of how thick or thin the fish is. Generally speaking, catfish should be fried for five to six minutes at most. 

Less greasy options are available such as oven fried catfish or air fryer catfish. Air fried catfish is a new trendy way to cook almost any seafood. 

Pan-Seared Catfish

One of the healthiest options is a pan-seared catfish. Other ingredients can accompany the fish to make it an all in one meal. 

A mix of a few ingredients will be a well-balanced meal for the entire family. Gather onion, whole bell pepper, fresh garlic, and catfish fillets.

Chopped onion

Sliced bell pepper 

Minced garlic

Olive oil

Add enough olive oil to the pan to keep anything from sticking. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic can cook until they are soft. Season the fish with a taste to your liking and add to the pan. Cook until the catfish flakes apart easily. 

The fish can be presented on a plate as a whole fillet with veggies or shred the fillet and fill a taco shell with the meat and accompaniments.

Conclusion Catfish recipes to feed the whole family

When it comes down to serving a family full of hungry eaters, catfish is an easy meal to prepare for everyone, and it’s tasty. Catfish is so versatile that it can be cooked in various other ways, such as catfish stew during the cold winter months to warm everyone up. The next time you’re at the fish market or catching catfish, cook a catfish dinner for everyone to enjoy.