Blackened Catfish


Blackened Catfish

Blackened Catfish
5 Min

A bayou favorite, Blackened Catfish gets its great taste from an easy rub made with a combination of zesty seasonings. This catfish dish makes a great addition to your summer grilling line-up!

What You'll Need

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (5- to 6-ounce) catfish fillets

What to Do

  1. Coat a hinged grill basket with cooking spray (see Notes). Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except catfish; mix well.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning mixture evenly over both sides of catfish, patting seasoning lightly onto fish.
  4. Place fish in grill basket and grill fish 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Serve immediately.


  • If you don't have a grill basket, be sure to spray your grill with cooking spray before heating to help keep your fish from falling apart when you flip it.
  • If you want even more classic Southern recipes, be sure to check out our free eCookbook, Down-Home Cookin': 24 Easy Southern Favorites.

Recipe adapted from and photo courtesy of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish

For more information about U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, visit

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The homemade spice rub used for this recipe works well for various types of fish - I've used this for salmon and trout with great results, and it would be fabulous all over a roast chicken! The "blackened" and "creole" style seasonings I've purchased before are mostly salt. For a smokier flavor, try this with smoked paprika!


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