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crispy catfish nuggets in a bowl with lemon wedge

Food has the great ability to connect us with people and remind us of the memorable moments in life. Here we have a New Orleans style remoulade dipping sauce paired perfectly with catfish nuggets. Try this sauce with crispy potatoes or shrimp; it will surely elevate any appetizer dish to the level of a fancy restaurant!

This recipes makes 4 servings of catfish and 8 servings of sauce. 

4 Servings
Preparation time
35 minutes
Cooking time
20 minutes
Total time
55 minutes
16 oz catfish fillets (cut into approx. 1.5" pieces)
1 Tbsp olive oil (or can substitute vegetable cooking spray )
¼ C Parmesan cheese (grated)
½ C cornmeal
2 C lemon juice (fresh)
¼ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp Cajun Seasoning (Salt-free Cajun seasoning is a blend of cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and black pepper)
1 cayenne pepper (to taste)

Instructions Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2: Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or coat evenly with olive oil. (Tip: Place a foil on the baking sheet before adding oil, to make cleaning easier)

Step 3: In a shallow dish, combine grated parmesan, cornmeal, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. In separate bowl, whisk together lemon juice and Cajun seasoning.

Step 4: First, soak the catfish pieces in the lemon juice mix for 5 minutes. Then, roll them in the dry cheese mixture until thoroughly coated. Place the coated catfish pieces on the baking sheet.

Step 5: Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the catfish nuggets.

Step 6: Reduce the heat to 350 degrees, and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, until crust is golden.

Step 7: While the catfish nuggets bake, prepare the Remoulade sauce. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Transfer into a serving bowl. Tip: Let the Remoulade sauce rest in the fridge for an hour before serving for best flavors!

Step 8: Transfer the Catfish nuggets onto a dish and serve with the Remoulade sauce. Enjoy!


Per Serving (sauce)- Calories: 196, Saturated Fat: 3.3g, Sodium: 229mg, Total Sugars: 0.4g
Per Serving (catfish)- Calories: 222, Saturated Fat: 2.3g, Sodium: 139mg, Total Sugars: 1g


See Remoulade Sauce Recipe here.