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Oven Baked Catfish

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Put this quick + easy recipe for Oven Baked Catfish at the top of your weeknight menu. Simply prepared with paprika fresh herbs and a splash of wine, this meal will be on your table in less than 30 minutes. Add a deliciously different side dish with an authentic rice recipe from Village Harvest. Our pick? Thai Green Curry rice inspired by the flavors of Thailand.


This recipe was made even more delicious with Thai Green Curry rice from Village Harvest. Shop all varieties of Village Harvest Rice by clicking on the image above.


Oven Baked Catfish + Village Harvest Rice

What inspired me to make this recipe was reading more about the history of fish used in traditional Thai cooking. The typical preparation was steamed and served with rice. Fish is also used in many curried dishes.

Where I am from, catfish is a menu regular. I’ve got to admit, it is typically dredged in cornmeal and deep fried until golden and crispy. But have you ever tried baked catfish?

Pond-raised catfish fillets can be a great way to incorporate more fish into your diet. Plus, when baked, catfish are easy to prepare and serve along with a spicy Thai green curry rice. Did I mention this is a great recipe pairing to get your family to try something new? 


Oven Baked Catfish


How to make Baked Catfish:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with olive oil or butter.
  • Rinse the boneless catfish fillets and pat dry.
  • Lightly season both sides of the catfish with sea salt, black pepper and smoked paprika.
  • Place the flat side of the catfish onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle more paprika on the catfish if desired. Top with fresh parsley and chives.
  • Cut a pat of butter into pieces and place on top of each fish fillet.
  • Using a spoon, lightly drizzle white wine over each piece of catfish.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and serve with your favorite side dish.


Fresh catfish fillets on a baking sheet being


We used just a splash of white wine on top of each catfish fillet. This gives the fish a light bit of acidity and moisture. Plus wine + butter = yum. (You can also use a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.)


Catfish fillets topped with paprika, parsley and chives and pats of butter


We picked Thai Green Curry rice to serve with our Oven Baked Catfish. The spicy Thai flavor is exactly what I was craving. The flavor of jalapeno pops.

If you are in the mood for a deliciously different rice side dish, try one of these Village Harvest Origins varieties:

  • Basmati + Lentil – India
  • Lemon Rice – India
  • Tikka Masala – India
  • Coconut Turmeric – Thailand
  • Thai Green Curry – Thailand

The recipes in the Village Harvest Origins collection are curated by chefs and use fresh, hand-chopped ingredients to ensure an authentic culinary experience.


A selection of ready-made rice varieties from Village Rice, featuring Thai Green Curry brown jasmine rice


While the main course is baking, you have plenty of time to heat up a delicious rice side. The Village Harvest Origins collection is fully cooked and ready to heat and eat. You can quickly heat the rice in the microwave. I like heating mine quickly in a skillet.

The Origins Collection is organic and non-GMO, is 100% whole grain and gluten free. My favorite flavors are the Thai Green Curry and the Tikka Masala. My daughter loves the Lemon Rice. No matter which flavor you pick, VIllage Harvest Origins is a smart and simple meal solution you can bring to life in about 90 seconds.


A skillet of Thai curry brown jasmine rice


Look at the golden and tender Oven Baked Catfish. This recipe is best served hot over a bed of this delicious rice.


A baking sheet of baked catfish, seasoned with paprika, fresh parsley and chives


We sprinkled a handful of fresh chopped chives on top of our Thai Green Curry rice right before serving to pair with the flavor in the baked catfish.

Oven Baked Catfish and Village Harvest rice is a great idea for meal prep, too. This recipe makes 4 servings and is easily doubled. Purchase Origins Collection products from Village Harvest here.


A bowl of Thai green curry rice topped with fresh chopped chives


If you love this recipe, here are more to try:

Roasted Asparagus with White Cheddar Sauce

Cajun Butter Baked Chicken Thighs

Veggie Sausage One Skillet Meal


Think of all of the meal combinations you can create with Village Harvest Origins rice and baked catfish. Change up the side dish and the seasoning on the catfish for an endless variety of flavors that your family will love.

Here are more spice combinations to make this baked catfish recipe your own:

  • Chili powder, cilantro and lime
  • Garlic, ginger and soy
  • Thyme, rosemary and lemon


An overhead shot of a baked catfish fillet on a bed of green curry rice on a white plate


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Oven Baked Catfish with Thai Green Curry Rice from Village Harvest
4.6 from 5 votes

Oven Baked Catfish

A savory seasoned recipe for Oven Baked Catfish that is on the table in less than 30 minutes. Made with a splash of white wine, salted butter, smoked paprika and more, this recipe is a great addition to your weeknight routine.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 311 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds catfish fillets about 4 large boneless fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter cut into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons dry white wine

Cook That

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a shallow baking sheet with the olive oil.

  2. Rinse the catfish fillets and pat dry. Evenly sprinkle both sides with the sea salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika. 

  3. Place the seasoned fillets onto the baking sheet, flat side down. Top evenly with the fresh parsley and chives.

  4. Top the catfish with small pieces of butter and drizzle the wine over each fillet.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot with your favorite variety of Village Harvest Rice.

Nutrition Facts
Oven Baked Catfish
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 146mg49%
Sodium 439mg19%
Potassium 833mg24%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Pete (female)
    May 7, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I personally don’t care for catfish, could I use cod to get the same effects?

    • Reply
      May 7, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Absolutely. You might need to adjust the cooking time…cod is a more delicate fish and likely will not require as much cooking. (Based on the size.)

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