Oven-Fried Catfish Fingers with Mango-Chili Dip #SundaySupper

What can a pescetarian or seafoodie serve on game day that has the potential to be as cherished as chicken wings and as fun to eat as a corn dog? These skewered, oven-fried catfish fingers are a delicious and easy-to-make option. 
www.pescetarianjournal.comSpicy and oven fried, catfish fingers with my special mango chili dip is satisfying in three or four meaty bites. Here are the collection of ingredients (from left): cornbread mix, miso tamari sauce, freshly ground black pepper, paprika, and salt. I use soy milk to soak the catfish strips. You can use cow’s milk or buttermilk too. Cooking wisdom says that soaking catfish in milk will help to expel the muddy taste (although I don’t detect a muddy taste with farm-raised catfish). The soaking seems to work with soy milk as well, and that’s what I have in the fridge at any given time. 
www.pescetarianjournal.comIt’s the miso tamari sauce and paprika that give a rich color and smoky taste to the catfish fingers. After the milk soaking, I brush on the sauce and sprinkle both sides of the fish fingers with spices.
www.pescetarianjournal.comThe cornbread mix I use to coat the the fish is a bit finer than cornmeal.  From there, it’s just a 15-minute baking in the oven on 350 degrees. Skewer the catfish fingers after baking and serve with Mango Salsa Dip (see recipe below).  U.S. farm-raised catfish, which is the sustainable choice. 
This recipe is one of many that the #SundaySupper group is featuring for Superbowl Sunday, so the recipe ideas don’t stop here. After the recipe, click on the links below to see other appetizers, main dishes, and desserts that are perfect for this biggest of American game days.
Recipe: Oven-Fried Catfish Fingers (Serves Six)

6 boneless catfish fillets, rinsed and patted dry
1 quart milk (soy, cow’s milk, or buttermilk)
1/2 cup miso tamari sauce (or plain tamari sauce)
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
3 tablespoons paprika
2 cups cornbread mix or cornmeal


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. With a sharp chef’s knife, slice each fillet across its width and two inches apart. Place the fillets in a large bowl and pour in the quart of milk. Place fillets in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (The catfish can be soaked all day in the refrigerator until you’re ready to season and bake them.
  2. Remove fillets from milk and pat dry lightly. Brush on tamari sauce and sprinkle both sides of fillets with salt, pepper, and paprika. Use your fingers to evenly distribute the spices among the fillets.
  3. Pour cornbread mix or cornmeal a large cutting board used only for fish or meats. Coat fillets in cornbread mix or cornmeal and arrange on one or more baking sheets (or bake fillets in batches and refrigerate the remaining catfish fillets until ready to bake). Spray baking sheet(s) with non-stick cooking spray and bake fillets for 15 minutes. Check the fillets after 15 minutes and bake an extra 5 minutes for firmer fish. Remove fish from oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Gently skewer each catfish finger and serve with Mango-Chili Dip (see recipe, following).
Recipe: Mango-Chili Dip
1 jar of mango preserves or mango spread
1 red jalapeno pepper or red chili pepper
Pinch of salt

  1. Slice pepper lengthwise and remove the white membrane inside. Remove all seeds for a mildly hot chili dip. Include a few seeds or more for a spicier dip. Place pepper in small food processor or chopper and run for two-three seconds until the pepper is finely chopped.
  2. Remove mango preserves or spread from jar and into a serving bowl. Stir in the minced, hot pepper. Add a pinch of salt and stir. Serve alongside the Oven-Fried Catfish Fingers.
Join my fellow bloggers for more fantastic Superbowl game-day recipes. Here’s the list:

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Appetizers & Snacks:

All American Ranch Cheese Ball from The Weekend Gourmet
Arancinis from My Cute Bride
Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip from In the Kitchen with KP
Bacon Jalapeño Fritters w/ Chipotle Ketchup from La Cocina de Leslie
Bacon Kettle Corn from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Baked Crab Cakes from The Meltaways
Buffalo Chicken filled Pull-Apart Loaf from Small Wallet Big Appetite
Buffalo Chicken Pizza On A Stick from Neighborfood
Buffalo Tofu Bites from Soni’s Food
Buttermilk Fried Pickles from Mooshu Jenne
Cheddar Cheese and Onion Ciabatta from Family Foodie
Cheeseburger Bites from Momma’s Meals
Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Dip from Daily Dish Recipes
Chorizo and Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates in a Smokey Tomato Sauce from The Roxx Box
Cranberry Glazed Meatballs from Curious Cuisiniere
Easy White Queso with Chorizo from Supper for a Steal
Eggplant Lentil Fritters With Orange Salsa from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
#GlutenFree 7 Layer Bean Dip from Cooking Underwriter
Gulf Coast Smoked Tuna Dip from 30A Eats
Ham & Cheese Crescents from Masala Herb
Ham Crescents {Schinkenhoernle} #DairyFree from Galactopdx
Little Filo Cheese Rolls from Food Lust People Love
Mini Crab Bites from Webicurean
Muffuletta Skewers from Magnolia Days
Peach Jalapeno Fritters from I Run for Wine
Philly Cheesesteak Bites from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Pizza Pretzel Rolls from Cravings of a Lunatic
Pizza Wontons from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Refried Black Beans with Pita Chips from Basic N Delicious
Roasted Garlic-Bacon Dip from girlichef
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Stamp & Go! from The Lovely Pantry
Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates from Noshing with the Nolands
Tandoori Spiced Popcorn from MarocMama
Wonton Cones Filled with Oriental Salad from Simply Gourmet

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Main Dishes:

Bacon-Wrapped Chili Cheese Dogs from Damn Delicious
Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders from The Foodie Army Wife
Chicken in Passion Fruit Crunch from The Urban Mrs.
Four Quarters “Grilled” Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Bleu Cheese Veggie Slaw fromMama.Mommy.Mom
Green Chile Cheeseburgers from Juanita’s Cocina
Grilled Pizza with Sausage and Spinach from Ruffles & Truffles
Ham and Cheese Sliders from Hip Foodie Mom
Marinated Rump Steak with Chimichurri Sliders from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Meatball Sub Sliders from Country Girl in the Village
Oven-Fried Catfish Fingers with Mango-Chili Dip from Pescetarian Journal
Pigs in Sleeping Bags from Comfy Cuisine
Turkey Sliders with Roasted Tomatoes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Vegan “Hamburger Helper” Soup from What Smells So Good?

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Desserts:

Marshmallow Caramel Corn from Mom’s Test Kitchen
Shortbread Brownies from Baker Street
Smores Blossom Cookies from Chocolate Moosey
Sweet Little Pastries from Happy Baking Days
Sweet Potato Cake Pops from Ninja Baking
Toddler Truffles from In the Kitchen with Audrey

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Tablescape: 10 Tips For A Winning Superbowl Buffet Table from An Appealing Plan

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  1. says

    Thank for your comment, Renee. I LOVE fried catfish, but it’s not the best thing to eat on a regular basis. These catfish fingers are healthier, and they taste close to the real “fried” thing.


  2. says

    I remember lots of catfish dinners when I discovered the cornmeal breaded ones; this is a much tastier version that I will try soon, maybe not with catfish (not available here) but hamour which is a really great substitute. I absolutely love the design of your site, whoever did this is very talented.

    • says

      Hi Joumana! I would be very interested to see a dish made with hamour, if you ever have the inclination to do a post. Thanks for your nice compliment about the design. Jenn at Munchkin Land Designs would be happy to hear it and, yes, she is very talented!

  3. says

    Mmm … that mango sauce looks wonderful. Okay … here I go veganizing another of your lovely dishes. I’m thinking extra-firm tofu (which is boiled first to give it extra firmness) instead of catfish. What do you think? :-)

    • says

      Hi Cyndi! I think using extra firm tofu would totally work to veganize this recipe. It’s a great idea, and I think I might try it to see how it works out. Thanks so much for your support!


  4. says

    Such a great idea for a fun party food!I love Catfish and the addition of tamari and paprika makes it so flavorful!!Your Mango Chilli Dip sound perfect with these :)

  5. says

    Oh my gosh these sound perfect for an event I have coming up. I love fried catfish. Such a comfort meal. Thanks for creating an oven fried version!

    • says

      I LOVE fried catfish, but sometimes one has to be sensible and eat oven fried. However, these oven-fried catfish fingers taste like the real “fried” thing! Thanks for your comment!

  6. says

    Seriously I need to come hang out at your house, these looks so amazing. We don’t have access to catfish here but I bet this would work with other fish. Can’t wait to give it a try.


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