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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Morrison

Keeping weekday dining quick and easy during the holidays

For the Breaded Baked Catfish recipe please read below and enjoy!


Now that we are in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I look for ideas that are quick and easy that my family will appreciate. There are many quick-cooking meal ideas. I am grateful for quick and easy meals being that I just spent the better part of a week whipping up the perfect Thanksgiving.


“If buying from the grocer, go ahead and get the frozen fish. Many times, the fish in the seafood display have been frozen and then thawed. Refreezing will alter the texture and the flavor of the fish.”

There are so many quick meals that can be made with ground meat. Tacos are always welcome in my house. Burgers are great for getting mealtime done for the kids before it is time to run out to the next holiday party. An enchilada casserole is a hit with 5 simple ingredients. All you need is browned grounded meat, diced onion, cheese, a diced vegetable of choice, and enchilada sauce. Layer each ingredient and top with the remaining cheese. Bake that casserole at 350 for 30 minutes and everyone is happy.


Chicken breasts are always stocked in my freezer. I trim and prep them for meals in advance and pack them in freezer bags with the date on them. I cannot resist a good sale on chicken breasts. I will cube some, cut some into strips, and thinly slice the rest into cutlets. Frozen chicken breasts also thaw faster when prepped before freezing. From stir-fries to pasta, I am only thirty minutes away from mealtime.


Seafood and fish also thaw and cook quickly. If buying from the grocer, go ahead and get the frozen fish. Many times, the fish in the seafood display have been frozen and then thawed. Refreezing will alter the texture and the flavor of the fish.


One easy go-to dinner for me is Breaded Baked Catfish. The theory to this recipe is similar to Shake and Bake but so much tastier. This is so quick to throw together is not nearly as messy as fried fish. Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil before spraying it down with cooking spray to help cut down on the mess. I hope this recipe suits your family on a busy weeknight as much as it does mine.


Breaded Baked Catfish

6 catfish fillets

1 whole lemon

½ cup cornmeal

¼ cup flour

1 ½ to 2 tbsp. Creole seasoning

1 ½ tsp. dried thyme

1 ½ tsp. dried oregano

Parsley for garnish


Preheat oven to 400. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the fillets. Allow the fillets to marinate in the lemon juice for ten minutes. Mix together the cornmeal, flour, seasoning, thyme, and oregano in a bowl. Dredge and coat each catfish fillet in the cornmeal mixture and lay on a greased sheet pan. Place the sheet pan in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until flaky. If the tops of the fish do not brown, brush them with a little melted butter. This sometimes happens with thinner or smaller fillets that cook quicker. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.


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