Lemon Pepper Hot Dipped Catfish Recipe

A tangy and spicy catfish dish that’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion. The combination of lemon pepper and a hot dipping sauce gives this catfish a flavorful kick that is sure to impress.


  • Catfish Fillets
  • 4 catfish fillets
  • Marinade
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Breading
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • Egg Wash
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Hot Dip Sauce
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (like Frank’s RedHot or your favorite)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Marinate the Catfish:
  • In a large bowl, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and paprika.
  • Add the catfish fillets to the bowl, making sure they are well-coated with the marinade.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors infuse.
  1. Prepare the Breading:
  • In a shallow dish, combine the flour, cornmeal, lemon pepper seasoning, and cayenne pepper if using.
  1. Prepare the Egg Wash:
  • In another shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk until well combined.
  1. Bread the Catfish:
  • Remove the catfish fillets from the marinade, letting any excess marinade drip off.
  • Dredge each fillet in the flour-cornmeal mixture, making sure it’s fully coated.
  • Dip the coated fillet into the egg wash, then return it to the flour-cornmeal mixture for a second coating.
  • Repeat with all fillets.
  1. Fry the Catfish:
  • Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the oil is hot, carefully add the breaded catfish fillets.
  • Fry each fillet for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove the fillets from the pan and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  1. Prepare the Hot Dip Sauce:
  • In a small saucepan, combine the hot sauce, melted butter, lemon juice, and garlic powder.
  • Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is fully melted and the sauce is well combined.
  1. Dip and Serve:
  • Dip each fried catfish fillet into the hot dip sauce, making sure it’s well-coated.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite sides, such as coleslaw, fries, or a fresh green salad.

Enjoy your Lemon Pepper Hot Dipped Catfish!

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