Garlic Crusted Catfish

The other day, we wanted a quick dinner, but we had nothing defrosted and ready to go (poor planning on our part), so we made a little trip to our grocery store. There, we saw two catfish fillets sitting on the ice in front of the fishmonger just begging to be selected. So, we picked them and brought them home. When it comes to catfish, we prefer farm raised for a couple of reasons. The primary one is that it tastes better (not muddy) than wild, and a close second is that Catfish is extremely sustainably farmed (Thank you Alton Brown and Good Eats for that tip).

With our catfish in hand, we decided to pull upon an old friend, Garlic to do the bulk of our flavouring, and we finished it off with a buttery breading crumble to build a little extra flavour and texture!

Time: 20 Minutes


  • Catfish Fillet(s)
  • Garlic
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Butter (about 1/2 tablespoon per fillet)


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, line a baking sheet with foil, and give the foil a quick oil spray.
  • Pat your catfish fillets dry, and place them atop your baking sheet.
  • Peel your garlic, and use a microplane grater or a garlic press to break your garlic down into a delicious mush. Then, spread that garlic atop your fillets.
  • Heat your butter in a sauce pan, and when it’s melted, pour in some bread crumbs. Stir to fully combine.
  • Spread your buttery bread crumbs atop your fish, and then place your fillets in the oven.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes, and then put the fish under your broiler for a minute or so to finish browning and crisping up your breading.
  • Plate, devour, and enjoy!

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