Healthy Baked Catfish

This healthy baked catfish recipe is definitely a winner! The fish cooks along with vegetables all in the same pan. An easy to make meal that’s healthy, full of flavor, and ready in minutes!

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Growing up in Louisiana, seafood was often on our dinner table. Being so close to the Gulf meant we were always able to get fresh seafood pretty much all the time. This easy to make baked catfish recipe is inspired by the wonderful seafood dishes I grew up loving back home.

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Baked Catfish

Of all seafood, catfish has probably always been one of my favorite types of fish.

It’s partly because of the fond memories I have of enjoying deliciously messy catfish po-boys in New Orleans or maybe it’s because my mother often served my favorite meal of fried catfish nuggets with a thick cornmeal batter for dinner. Either way, catfish has always been one of my favorites.

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This simple baked catfish recipe hits the right marks since it is easy to make, lets the fish and vegetables shine and is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle.

How To Bake Catfish

This one dish meal is so easy to prepare.

I used fennel in this dish and I love the flavor it imparts. Fennel tastes a little like licorice and when it’s cooked, it tastes a little sweet.

The mild fennel is perfect with the catfish especially when mixed with red peppers, tomatoes and garlic.

The vegetables bake in one baking dish for about 20 minutes. After the vegetables cook, a little white wine is added to the pan before being topped with the catfish fillet.

The fish along with the vegetables bake in the oven for about 20 minutes longer.

In the amount of time it takes for the catfish to bake, you can bake a single serving of rice.

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Baking rice is easy and the rice cooks perfectly every time. While the catfish cooks, so does the rice.

This oven baked catfish is an excellent meal that can be ready in minutes.

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For this baked catfish recipe, I use a 1-quart dish for the catfish and a 5-inch dish for the rice. For best results, use a dish of similar size.

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Baked Catfish With Fennel and Tomatoes Recipe

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Healthy Baked Catfish Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: fish
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 524kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red pepper , cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 small onion , thinly sliced
  • 2 plum tomatoes , sliced half lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 catfish fillet


  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Wash the fennel bulb under cool running water. Pat dry with paper towel.
  • Cut bulb in half lengthwise. Cut away and discard center core from each half. Thinly slice remainder of fennel bulb.
  • In a baking dish, toss 1 tablespoon olive oil, fennel slices, red pepper slices, onion slices, tomatoes, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix together well.
  • Bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove pan from the oven and stir in the wine.
  • Place the catfish fillet over the vegetables, sprinkle with an additional pinch of salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Bake 20 minutes more, until catfish is cooked through.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Place all of the ingredients in a baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes.


Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 911mg | Potassium: 1174mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2175IU | Vitamin C: 110mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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24 thoughts on “Healthy Baked Catfish”

  1. These flavors are perfect with catfish. In fact, I’d make this with so many other varieties of fish, too! Totally delicious!!!

  2. I love the whole premise of your blog- cooking single serve items! How simple yet so many people have a hard time scaling a recipe.
    And this fish looks divine! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  3. Ah, the milestone birthdays. I’ve got one of those coming up in about 6 months, too! Well, if these milestones can inspire beautiful recipes like this one, bring it! 🙂 I love fennel and it looks like a great addition to this fish dish! Nice!

  4. What a great post! I love how you defined yourself in each decade and the quote from Oprah “live your best life at any age” it is something I needed to hear today. I also do enjoy your dish, it looks great!

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