tacos, blackend catfish left, fried catfish right
A tale of two tacos; blackend catfish left, fried catfish right.  The pickled green tomatoes add a nice “twang” to the dish.

My baby girl requested fish tacos for dinner ( well, she’s no baby she’ll be 14 next week YIKES) so here we are.  I did a more southern style dish with fried catfish ( make my Daddy proud) and green apple coleslaw with pickled green tomatoes.  I didn’t have the forethought to pickle my own green tomatoes last year  ( that’s not totally true, I thought about it but it didn’t happen) so I bought some Phickles Wedgies- Pickled Green Tomatoes. This is NOT a sponsored post, I just like Phickles.   I started by making some slaw which is better if it’s made in advance, at least an hour but longer is better.

Everything slaw. Shredded cabbage and carrots, an apple, grated onion, apple cider vinegar and pickles
Everything slaw. Shredded cabbage and carrots, an apple, grated onion, apple cider vinegar and pickles

Green apple slaw

4 cups shredded cabbage (about half a small head)

1 cup shredded carrot (about 3 large carrots)

2 teaspoons of grated onion

½ cup mayonnaise

1 granny smith apple, chopped

¼ cup chopped bread and butter pickles

¼ cup of pickle juice

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use Cut into 1-1/4 inch by 4 inch pieces. Some I seasoned with lemon pepper and hot paprika, then blackened. In a cast iron skillet

I cooked the catfish two ways, blackened and fried. Here are the directions for the fried catfish

Cornmeal mix, Lemon pepper, hot paprika, fish fry
Cornmeal mix, lemon pepper and hot paprika make a delicious coating for Southern Fried catfish.
Fry the catfish for about 3 minutes per side. Drain on a rack when finished.
Fry the catfish for about 3 minutes per side. Drain on a rack when finished.

Fish Tacos with Green Apple Slaw #Recipe, Blackened and Fried

Demetra Overton
Use a 10-12 wide by 2 inch high frying pan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 pounds of catfish whiting or snapper would also work well
  • 2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix a blend of cornmeal and wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika less if you don’t like it too hot, or use plain paprika
  • Vegetable oil enough to fill your frying pan ½ an inch deep.


  • Cut the fish into 1-1/2 by 4 inch pieces. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. In a gallon size ziptop bag add cornmeal mix, lemon pepper and hot paprika. Shake to combine.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet to 350° Add 5-6 (or whatever you can fit into your pan without overcrowding) fish pieces into bag of cornmeal mix and shake to coat.
  • Fry the fish about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Drain the fish on a wire rack. Fry the fish in batches.

For the blackened catfish (make sure you have great ventilation)  season the fish like in the recipe above but don’t use the cornmeal. Heat a cast iron skillet with one tablespoon of canola oil. Sear the fish over high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Served it all up on flour tortillas with pickled green tomatoes for a little zest and spice.  This dish is great for a week night since all you cook is the fish.  You can make it even easier on yourself if you buy a bag of pre-shredded slaw…I won’t tell.

Fried catfish taco with green apple slaw and pickled green tomato
Fried catfish taco with green apple slaw and pickled green tomato



28 Comments on Fish Tacos with Green Apple Slaw Recipe, Blackened and Fried

  1. Desiree Morris
    March 27, 2014 at 3:29 am (10 years ago)

    Gosh I love fish tacos! The other day I made tuna quesadillas but this would be perfect for dinner sometime soon.

    • sweetsavant
      April 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm (10 years ago)

      I love fish tacos too. It puts a fresh spin on Taco night. Tuna quesadillas sound great, what a creative idea.

  2. lisa
    March 27, 2014 at 1:35 am (10 years ago)

    I’ve had a craving for a good fish taco lately. This Apple Slaw sounds amazing too! I think will add it to the craving list as well. 🙂

  3. Amy Desrosiers
    March 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm (10 years ago)

    Sounds good! I made a similar dish last week and it was a total hit!!

  4. Amy T (@ohsosavvymom)
    March 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm (10 years ago)

    Haha, you can’t get much more southern a fish taco than that. The pickled green tomato is the perfect touch!

  5. Debra
    March 26, 2014 at 6:19 pm (10 years ago)

    I love a good fish fry. I’ve never made my own slaw before; I’m a bad buyer – but I can do that and add apples to it to make it my own

  6. Ashley M
    March 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm (10 years ago)

    We really enjoy fish tacos, especially when we’re down in florida 🙂

  7. Krissy Higgins (@Krissy_r)
    March 26, 2014 at 2:07 pm (10 years ago)

    That looks absolutely delicious. My family loves Mexican food AND fish, so this is perfect. I will have to pin it for later!

  8. Rosey
    March 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm (10 years ago)

    This is such the perfect dish for my oldest son. I’m going to send this link to his wife right now, so I don’t forget.

  9. Amanda
    March 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm (10 years ago)

    Sounds delicious! We had fish last night but this would be a fun new way for us to eat it!

  10. Aimee
    March 26, 2014 at 4:12 am (10 years ago)

    You had me at blackened and fried 🙂 These look amazing, especially that slaw!

  11. Valerie Gray (@valmg)
    March 26, 2014 at 3:06 am (10 years ago)

    My husband loves seafood and tacos. I think these would be a big hit with him.

  12. Valerie Gray (@valmg)
    March 26, 2014 at 3:05 am (10 years ago)

    I don’t think I’ve ever had apple slaw. It sounds like it would be very flavorful! – Jen @ The Rebel Chick

  13. Jaime
    March 26, 2014 at 1:27 am (10 years ago)

    My husband’s family is all about fried catfish (they live on the coast. Seafood is plentiful.) This is one recipe I could share with them and wouldn’t mind eating myself.

  14. Rachael
    March 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm (10 years ago)

    This fish tacos recipe looks great. I’ll have to try it sometime.

  15. Beth@FrugalFroggie
    March 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm (10 years ago)

    I have never had fish tacos. Maybe sometime I will get brave and try them. Your recipe looks like a great choice

  16. karenssunnysoirees
    March 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm (10 years ago)

    I love fish tacos! I’ve never made my own before so I’ll have to try this out.

  17. Shell
    March 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm (10 years ago)

    Your slaw recipe looks amazing! I want to try that.

  18. Tracey Tabone
    March 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm (10 years ago)

    Fish tacos are so fresh and light. Love making them!

  19. SixFeetUnderBlog
    March 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh my gosh-these look terrific! I need to eat fish on Fridays, so this helps.

  20. Brandy
    March 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm (10 years ago)

    What a neat meal idea, thanks for sharing the recipe idea. I bet this will be a loved favorite for my family.

  21. Kecia
    March 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm (10 years ago)

    I haven’t tried fish tacos, even though I love seafood. I’d like to try this slaw too.

  22. Chris Marie
    March 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm (10 years ago)

    Crunchy, soft, spicy and sweet – you have all the textures for a PERFECT meal! The flavors sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    -Janel C.

  23. Autumn
    March 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm (10 years ago)

    This looks really delicious! I bet your daughter loved her fish tacos. I’ll hunt for the Phickles. My hubby is a big pickled eater, and that just sounds yummy!

  24. Brett Martin (@brettbmartin)
    March 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm (10 years ago)

    I haven’t ever eaten most of what you have on this recipe but I think my husband would be the happiest man in town if I made it. I have to find the Phickles!

  25. Krystal
    March 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm (10 years ago)

    Fish tacos are a favorite in our house! We love adding cabbage!

  26. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    March 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm (10 years ago)

    We don’t eat seafood, but I have to say that those look really good. I will share this with my seafood loving friends.


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