Many years ago, we came across this simple, healthy recipe for Cajun baked catfish. It was a feature in Eating Well magazine, back when they had a print publication. Cajun style foods often look dairy free, but in restaurants, they’re usually made with butter. This particular recipe is not only butter-free, it’s essentially oil-free too (aside from greasing the dish).
Easy Cajun Baked Catfish without Need for Butter
I must admit, they use a little bit of a light hand with the seasoning for this Cajun catfish, in my opinion. I prefer to just shake it on until the entire fillet is well coated. You can stick with their tasteful amount, or get aggressive with the flavor.
No Seasoning? If you don’t have any Cajun seasoning on hand, don’t hesitate to make your own. This Cajun Spice Mix recipe uses everyday herbs and spices and takes just a few minutes to toss together. If you don’t have one or two of the spices, don’t fret, it will still be delicious.
No Catfish? Catfish is a natural with Cajun seasoning. But if it isn’t in season or available at your local fish counter, just substitute another white fish. Tilapia, flounder, snapper, and cod are all great bases for Cajun dishes.
Special Diet Notes: Cajun Baked Catfish
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, paleo, and keto friendly.
- 1½ lb catfish fillets
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
- 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning, such as Tony Chachere’s, or to taste
- Fresh parsley, for serving
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly grease a large baking dish.
- Place the catfish in a single layer in your prepared baking dish.
- Sprinkle the garlic, lemon juice, and Cajun seasoning evenly over the fish.
- Bake the fish, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
- Garnish the catfish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges to serve.