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Pecan-Crusted Catfish Fillets Recipe

This is not your run-of-the-mill fish recipe! Buttery, savory pecans are seasoned up to make an irresistible and addictive crust for catfish fillets

Pecan-Crusted Catfish Fillets Recipe
Easy enough for a weeknight meal and elegant enough to entertain with, this Pecan-Crusted Catfish Fillets Recipe is a definite show stopper. (Emilie Bailey photo)
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Pecan-crusted catfish is a quick and easy, low carb and keto friendly weeknight meal – this recipe can be on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Fresh catfish fillets are coated with buttery pecans, seasoned with a blend of savory spices, and baked to perfection. The pecan crust keeps the catfish juicy while adding amazing flavor and texture to the dish.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:


  • 1 ½ pound catfish fillets (2 large or 4 small fillets)
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh lemon, for garnish
  • Melted butter, for garnish

Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, combine pecans, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper, paprika, Worcestershire, celery salt and cayenne pepper, if using. Pulse until the pecans are finely chopped. Place the pecan mixture into a shallow dish or pie plate and set aside.

  2. pecan crusted catfish fillets recipe coating
    This flavor packed pecan coating is the perfect match for mild, meaty catfish. (Emilie Bailey photo)

  3. Place the beaten eggs in a separate shallow dish or pie plate; set aside.

  4. Pat the catfish fillets dry with paper towels and season lightly with salt and pepper on both sides. One at a time, gently dip the catfish fillets into the egg, coating them on both sides and into the pecan coating. You want to make sure the top of the fillet is coated well with the pecan coating. The bottom of the fillet does not have to be coated completely. Press the pecan coating onto the fish as needed and transfer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Repeat for all the fillets. If you have any pecan coating left over, press it onto the tops of the fillets, filling in any spots you may have missed.

  5. pecan crusted catfish fillets
    These pecan-crusted catfish fillets are ready for the oven! (Emilie Bailey photo)

  6. Bake the coated catfish fillets at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness and size of your fillets.

  7. Serve pecan-crusted catfish fillets warm with a drizzle of melted butter and a squeeze of lemon.

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