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    Catfish Poppers With Spicy Dipping Sauce

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    Dreamgoddess's Note:

    These little appetizers are so good! We really loved the dipping sauce and I can't wait to try it with some shrimp and scallops also. If you can't find the panko, feel free to use plain breadcrumbs as I did. Recipe is from Southern Living April 2006.

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    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
    • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 3/4 lbs catfish fillets, cut in 1 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 1/2 cups Japanese-style bread crumbs (panko)
    • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup spicy seafood cocktail sauce
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (to taste)


    1. 1
      Combine the salt, Cajun seasoning and flour in a bowl.
    2. 2
      In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
    3. 3
      First dredge the fish in the flour, then dip in the eggs and finally dredge in the breadcrumbs.
    4. 4
      Fry the catfish pieces in about 1/2" of oil heated to 375 degrees.
    5. 5
      Fry about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
    6. 6
      Drain and serve with the Spicy Dipping Sauce.
    7. 7
      Spicy Dipping Sauce: Combine the mayonnaise, cocktail sauce, lemon juice, red pepper and Old Bay in a bowl.
    8. 8
      Chill, covered, until ready to serve with the poppers.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 14, 2008


      This recipe was simple and absolutely delicious! I doubled the cajun seasoning and it was perfect for us! Thank you for sharing a great recipe!

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    • on October 08, 2008

      I'm skipping the star rating because I don't think this is a bad recipe - it just wasn't to our taste. Although the fish was moist, it turned out bland (not spicy at all, and the breading really didn't have a flavor) - perhaps it was because I used tilapia instead of catfish? Or maybe it was the panko crumbs? We also found the sauce way too mayonnaise-y. We won't be having this again, but thanks anyway for sharing! :)

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    • on June 28, 2008


      These were amazing. I don't usually get excited about a recipe and tried this one because it sounded interesting and I had some extra catfish. This was great. I wouldn't change a thing. You could easily substitute any white flaky fish in the recipe and it would work great. Thank for a wonderful recipe. I can't wait to make these for friends.

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    Nutritional Facts for Catfish Poppers With Spicy Dipping Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (1093 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 52.3
    Calories from Fat 25
    Total Fat 2.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Cholesterol 14.1 mg
    Sodium 75.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 3.2 g

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    seafood cocktail sauce

    Old Bay Seasoning

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