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Oven Baked Catfish in Lemon, Butter and Wine Sauce

Updated on March 18, 2016

Baked Catfish in Lemon, Butter and Wine Sauce

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The Finished Meal

Baked catfish dinner with kale salad, kidney beans and homemade cornbread.
Baked catfish dinner with kale salad, kidney beans and homemade cornbread. | Source

Why Choose Catfish?

Catfish is one of the most popular freshwater fish to end up on the dinner table. When we think of catfish, normally we picture them battered and deep fried as nuggets or on a sandwich. This recipe is a lighter version that is normally reserved to other types of fish such as talipa or cod but the catfish does very well baked in addition to being battered and fried.

This fish is highly nutritious. A 3 ounce serving of catfish is only 81 calories. It contains 14 grams of protein, 32% of the RDA of vitamin B12 and 106% of the RDA for vitamin D. Compared to other foods, catfish is low in fat, only packing in 4% of the recommended daily amount. You can't go wrong with choosing catfish.

One thing that you will want to consider is the source of the fish that you are putting on your dinner table. Farmed fish have been taught to eat a diet that doesn't necessarily exist within their natural habitat and that diet could include corn, specifically genetically modified corn. If that is something that you are concerned with, you may want to stick to catfish that are wild caught or that you have caught out of a local waterway.

This recipe can also be used on multiple types of fish so if you aren't a member of the catfish fan club but are crazy about another type of fish, give it a try. Something different on the dinner table is always a welcomed sight.

How Long Does it Take?

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: 4, 4 ounce servings

Ingredients for Baked Catfish

  • 1 pound catfish, whole or fillets
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon

How to Fillet a Catfish

How to Make Baked Catfish in Lemon, Butter and Wine Sauce

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Arrange your catfish in a baking dish that is large enough that the fillets won't be touching each other or if you are using a whole fish, make sure there is plenty of room for it to lie flat. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  3. Put a saucepan on a burner on your stove and add the butter, wine, garlic, lemon juice and cilantro. Turn the heat on medium and simmer the sauce for a few minutes until it has reduced and thickened.
  4. Pour the sauce over the fish.
  5. Add a garnish of sliced lemons if you want. I do it for a couple of reasons, because I think it looks pretty and I like the way the lemon cooks in the oven with the fish. It actually tastes pretty good.
  6. Put the fish in the oven. If you are cooking fillets, you will want to set your timer for 20 minutes. If you are cooking a whole fish, set your timer for 30 minutes. The fish that I used for the photos in this recipe actually took 40 minutes. It was a one pound whole catfish. You'll know for sure that your fish is done when it pulls away from the bone, or flakes, when you stick a fork in it.

How to Make this Baked Catfish in Photos

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Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Arrange the fillets or the whole catfish in a baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper to your taste.In a saucepan on a stove burner, put the butter, garlic, wine and cilantro in the pan.Add the lemon juice.Simmer until the sauce has reduced and become thick.Pour the sauce over the fish or spoon it equally over the fillets.Add lemon slices for decoration if you choose to.  That step is purely optional.Bake the fish in the oven for 20 minutes for fillets and up to 40 minutes for a whole 1 pound catfish.  The meat is done when it pulls away from the bone or flakes when a fork is inserted.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Arrange the fillets or the whole catfish in a baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Arrange the fillets or the whole catfish in a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. | Source
In a saucepan on a stove burner, put the butter, garlic, wine and cilantro in the pan.
In a saucepan on a stove burner, put the butter, garlic, wine and cilantro in the pan. | Source
Add the lemon juice.
Add the lemon juice. | Source
Simmer until the sauce has reduced and become thick.
Simmer until the sauce has reduced and become thick. | Source
Pour the sauce over the fish or spoon it equally over the fillets.
Pour the sauce over the fish or spoon it equally over the fillets. | Source
Add lemon slices for decoration if you choose to.  That step is purely optional.
Add lemon slices for decoration if you choose to. That step is purely optional. | Source
Bake the fish in the oven for 20 minutes for fillets and up to 40 minutes for a whole 1 pound catfish.  The meat is done when it pulls away from the bone or flakes when a fork is inserted.
Bake the fish in the oven for 20 minutes for fillets and up to 40 minutes for a whole 1 pound catfish. The meat is done when it pulls away from the bone or flakes when a fork is inserted. | Source

Side Dish Ideas

Some of the side dishes that I have served with this fish recipe are:

  • Make a kale salad that contains all of your favorites. Some of the things that I always add to our salads are tomatoes, carrots, onions, pine nuts and dried cranberries.
  • Green beans are always a good choice to pair with baked fish.
  • Asparagus would be extremely lovely with this!
  • Bread wise, you could make my easy Parmesan cheese and pine nut muffins or my homemade cornbread. They are a nice change from the regular, everyday yeast roll.

Almost anything will pair very well with this fish recipe as long as you think light. The lemon juice and wine are more powerful flavor wise in the sauce than the butter so it's a good idea to steer away from heavier, comfort food side dishes.

I sometimes serve this alone with just a green salad and a glass of wine. It's a fantastic summer evening meal for a candlelight outdoor dinner.

Catfish Can Grow to Very Large Sizes!

Nutritional Value of Cooked Catfish

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3 oz.
Calories 89
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 16 g32%
Cholesterol 61 mg20%
Sodium 43 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2015 Helena Ricketts

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      Rachel L Alba 19 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. We can ruin the taste of a fish or meat with too many ingredients. Your recipe for catfish is just right. Something I know my husband and I would love. Thank you for sharing.

      Blessings to you.

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      Randomovic 2 years ago from Egypt

      never tasted cat fish but this looks yummy

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      Helena Ricketts 2 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you! It is good and if you try it, please come back and let me know what you thought.

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      Alem Belton 2 years ago from New York

      That...looks....good!

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      Helena Ricketts 2 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks @Shades-of-truth. I have never considered smoking catfish. I'll have to try that out because it sounds really good. I love catfish and trying new ways to prepare it.

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      Helena Ricketts 2 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks @Rachel L Alba! It is really tasty.

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      Helena Ricketts 2 years ago from Indiana

      It's really good. When you do try it, please come back and let me know what you thought about it.

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      I love catfish! One of my favorite ways to eat it, is smoked. Every time my nephew comes down to FL from IL, he brings us some. The pieces are huge, and melt in the mouth.

      Seems I can remember when catfish wasn't considered a good fish to eat, but I have always enjoyed it. Loved the video. I rarely watch one, but that one was great.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I never had catfish. It's probably not as popular here in NE PA. But, I would like to try it and I would definitely use your recipe, it looks great.

      I voted up.

      Have a Blessed Easter.

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      Kieron Walker 2 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      I used to catch catfish in the little fishing hole in the back of my uncle's property. Of course, we always ended up deep frying them at the end of the day.

      It's great to see an alternative way of cooking them! I'll definitely give this one a try sometime soon.

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      Helena Ricketts 2 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks @Purrsngrrs! It really is. If you try it, come back and let me know what you think.

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      Uzair Mehmood 2 years ago from USA, TX

      Looks delicious!

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