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Chip-Crusted Oven-Fried Catfish

This is an easy, quick, budget-friendly meal using farm-raised catfish and the pungent flavor of salt and vinegar potato chips. You really don't need anything else to season the fish but a squeeze of lemon and our simple homemade cocktail sauce.

Chip-Crusted Oven-Fried Catfish

Chip-Crusted Oven-Fried Catfish

  • Ingredients:
  • 4 medium-sized catfish fillets (about 1 to 1-1/4 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed salt and vinegar potato chips (about 1/2 of a 9-ounce bag)
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • For the cocktail sauce:
  • 3/4 cup store-bought chili sauce (we like Heinz)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons to 1-1/2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Prepare the cocktail sauce by placing the chili sauce in a small bowl. Stir in the lemon juice and add horseradish to taste. Set aside until ready to serve.

Spread the flour on a sheet of wax paper and lightly dredge each catfish fillet, shaking off any excess.

Beat the egg and milk together in a shallow dish.

Combine the crushed chips and panko on a sheet of wax paper.

Dip the floured catfish fillets in the egg mixture, then coat with crumbs, gently pressing the mixture onto the fish to be sure it adheres well.

Arrange the fillets in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the fish is opaque and cooked through. Time will depend on the thickness of the fillets.

Plate the fillets, drizzle with fresh lemon juice and serve with the cocktail sauce.

Note: This recipe tastes great with our Homemade Tartar Sauce too!

Makes 4 servings

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