Baked Catfish Nuggets Recipe | Crispy Baked Catfish Nuggets


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Crispy Baked Catfish Nuggets

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Pile of catfish nuggets on a white plate

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    Even better than baking whole breaded filets is cutting them up into bite-size dip-able nuggets.

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    Serves 6
    Vegetable oil cooking spray
    ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese
    ½ c. plain, dry breadcrumbs
    ¼ tsp. garlic powder
    white pepper
    ⅓ c. fresh lemon juice
    2 tbsp. olive oil
    4 (5 oz each) U.S. farm-raised catfish fillets, cut into nuggets
    ½ tsp. paprika
    Homemade Tartar Sauce:
    1 c. light mayonnaise
    1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
    1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
    1 tbsp. chopped, drained sweet pickle or chopped, drained capers, optional
    1 tbsp. chopped, drained green olives, optional
    1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    salt and pepper, to taste


    1. Position oven rack on the bottom shelf of the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray several times to coat.
    3. In a shallow dish, combine cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic powder and white pepper. In another dish, whisk together lemon juice and olive oil.
    4. Roll nuggets in lemon juice. Then, roll in cheese mixture. Dust with paprika and spray lightly with cooking spray. Place catfish on prepared baking sheet.
    5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees, and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, until crust is golden and fish flakes easily. Serve with Homemade Tartar Sauce.
    6. To make tartar sauce, combine tartar sauce ingredients and blend well.

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