An easy recipe for gluten-free, keto and low carb baked catfish. It’s so much easier than deep-frying, and the result is healthy and delicious.
Keto and gluten-free baked catfish is crispy and well-seasoned. It’s one of my family’s favorite dinners, and I like it too because it’s so easy to make.
Whenever I visit the South, I enjoy lots of fried catfish. I love the fish’s delicate, white flesh. Back home, I prefer to bake it. It’s not just healthier, it’s also much easier for me as a cook to bake the fish than to deep fry it, or even pan-fry it.
How to make baked catfish
It’s an easy recipe – much easier than frying. Coat the fillets in well-seasoned almond flour, spray with oil, then bake in a hot oven for a crispy exterior and a tender interior. Delicious! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions.
For the gluten-free coating, I use almond meal. But you can use the same amount of breadcrumbs (or gluten-free breadcrumbs) if you prefer. It’s best to use coarse almond meal and not fine blanched almond flour in this recipe.
Where to buy catfish
I buy my catfish fillets frozen at Whole Foods. As you can see in the video, the bag I got had two fillets – one of them thin, the other very thick. This is such a pet peeve of mine. How can they expect us to cook these very different fillets? I solved the problem by slicing the thick fillet into two thinner ones.
What to serve with baked catfish
Is catfish healthy?
It’s not as healthy as salmon or herring, which are higher in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Catfish is fairly high in unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids. Having said that, this baked catfish still contains omega-3 fatty acids. It’s tasty and affordable. I agree with the authors here, who conclude that the best strategy is to eat fish at least twice a week and to eat a variety of fish.
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- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare a roasting pan by lining the bottom with foil and spraying the roasting rack with oil.
- Mix together the almond meal and the spices in a shallow dish (such as a square 8-inch baking dish).
- In another shallow dish, melt the butter.
- Dip each catfish fillet in the melted butter, then dredge in the almond meal mixture, pressing to make sure the coating adheres.
- Place the coated fish fillets on the prepared roasting rack.
- Spray the fillets with oil. Bake 15 minutes, until crisp and golden on the outside and tender and opaque inside. Serve immediately.