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Catfish Cakes

Demetra Overton SweetSavant.com
This recipes makes about 15 three ounce entree sized catfish cakes or 46 one ounce appetizer size catfish fritters
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings 6 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds catfish fillets
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil- divided
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed Keebler Club Crackers or similar store brand
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg-beaten
  • oil for sauteing or frying


  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degres
  • Line a baking tray with foil (for easy clean up) and spread the oil on the tray
  • Place the catfish fillets on the tray in a single layer and season both sides of the fillets with old bay
  • Bake the catfish for 8-10 minutes or until the fillets are cooked through
  • While the catfish is cooking, dice the onion and bell pepper and saute in 1 tablespoon of oil for 5 minutes or until softened.
  • Let the catfish and onion mixture cool for 30 minutes
  • Break the catfish fillets into chunks and combine with sauteed onions and peppers as well as the cracker crumbs, mayonnaise and egg
  • Use an ice cream scoop to portion the catfish cakes into patties. 3 ounce patties for entree size or 1 ounce balls for appetizer fritters
  • Chill the catfish cakes in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour so they will hold together
  • To saute 3 ounce catfish cakes-heat 1/4 inch of oil in a skillet over a medium flame
  • Saute the catfish cakes in batches 3-4 minutes per side
  • Drain on paper towels
  • For 1 ounce catfish fritters-
  • Use a high sided pot- at least 6 inches high. Heat 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees
  • Deep fry the 1 ounce catfish balls in batches for 3-4 minutes until golden brown
  • Drain on paper towels