Crispy Baked Catfish Nuggets … Hard to Beat Staff

September 14, 2017 at 11:07 am.










Getting together before the game with friends and family is as much a part of football as the band, the cheerleaders or the kickoff itself. And, gathering without good food is like starting the game without the ball.

Each week throughout the 2017 season, Lindy’s will feature a recipe that will be a favorite with family, friends and fans. Recipes are provided by U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish.

Whether tailgating at the game or partying at home before it starts, remember … with U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, your team is never a loser.

The Catfish Institute, or TCI, was formed in 1986 by catfish farmers and feed manufacturers to raise consumer awareness of the positive qualities of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish. Since its formation, U.S. per capita consumption has more than doubled.
U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is a sustainable and environmentally friendly seafood product. The National Audubon Society, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Environmental Defense all recommend U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish as a safe environmental choice. To find out more, visit

Crispy Baked Catfish Nuggets

• Vegetable oil cooking spray
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese or finely grated extra sharp Cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup plain, dry breadcrumbs
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• Dash white pepper
• 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4  U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish fillets (5 ounces each) cut into nuggets
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika

1. Position oven rack on bottom shelf of oven. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. To make Homemade Tartar Sauce, combine ingredients and blend well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray several times to coat.
4. In shallow dish, combine cheese, bread crumbs, garlic powder and white pepper. In another dish, whisk together lemon juice and olive oil.
5. Roll nuggets in lemon juice. Then, roll in cheese mixture. Dust with paprika and spray lightly with cooking spray. Place catfish on prepared baking sheet.
6. Bake 10-12 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° F, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until crust is golden and fish flakes easily. Serve with Homemade Tartar Sauce.

Homemade Tartar Sauce
• 1 cup light mayonnaise
• 1 teaspoon Dijon style mustard
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
• 1 tablespoon  chopped, drained sweet pickle or chopped, drained capers (optional)
• 1 tablespoon chopped, drained green olives (optional)
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• Salt and pepper, to taste

Catfish nuggets may be prepared and frozen for later enjoyment. Simply follow the directions above. Once the fish is removed from the oven, allow to cool to room temperature. Place in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to enjoy, remove fish from freezer and place on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake in a 400° F preheated oven for 15 minutes, and reduce temperature to 350° F for an additional 10 to 12 minutes, or until crust is golden.