There’s No “Cat” in Catfish Sandwich (with Lemon Caper Sauce)

I came across a recipe for Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with Lemon Caper Dill Sauce and decided it would be a good way use up some of my abundant cornmeal.  It could be part of my Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Challenge (yes I know it’s summer, already…)

Catfish Sandwich

Catfish Sandwich

Back when I bought the 25 lb bag of rye flour I baked with previously, I also bought 25 lbs of cornmeal.  Thank goodness for airtight jars and a very cool basement!

And TG for the internet!  The recipe comes from the blog Girl versus Dough with a few modifications on my part.

My husband and I both really enjoyed the sandwich and thought it great summer fare with a beer or hard cider.  The sauce was especially tasty.  Our youngest didn’t like the sauce, and said she’d rather have the fish broiled with a drizzle of butter.  But she said, if I made it again, she’d eat it broiled, sans sauce.  Daughter #2 announced she doesn’t eat catfish.

Catfish Sandwich

Catfish Sandwich (with Beer)

“But fish is healthy,” I protested, “and it’s even baked.”  She just shook her head, pursing her lips.

We adults were just plain confused.  “There’s no ‘cat’ in catfish,” her dad tossed out.

Yeah, like that was going to work…


Don’t fear the sandwich…

Cornmeal Crusted Catfish Sandwich with Lemon Caper Sauce (and no cat)


  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  •  1/2 cup milk
  • 1 lb catfish fillets, cut into sandwich-size portions (I cut two half pound fillets in half to serve 4)


  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 t dried dill
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon capers
  • 2 teaspoon minced pickles
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic


  • 4 soft sandwich buns
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomato
  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)


1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

2.  Combine cornmeal, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl. Pour milk into a separate bowl. Dip catfish fillets, one at a time, into milk and then into cornmeal mixture, turning to coat. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Spray tops lightly with cooking spray (this is important for browning).

Dredge catfish in cornmeal

Dredge catfish in cornmeal

3.  Bake catfish, flipping halfway through, until golden brown on the outside and flaky on the inside, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Bake fillets

Bake fillets

4.  Combine ingredients for the lemon-caper sauce in a small bowl.  Place catfish fillet on a bun, then add sauce, lettuce and tomato.


Lemon Caper Sauce

Lemon Caper Sauce


Catfish Sandwich

Catfish Served

Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Challenge Tally So Far…

  1. Vegetable (Hearts of Palm) Dip
  2. Super Simple Sugared Nuts
  3. Blueberry Lemon Sugar Muffins
  4. Rustic Rye Bread
  5. Beef Liver
  6. Onion Jam
  7. Sun Dried Tomatoes
  8. Eggs
  9. Dates
  10. Carrots
  11. Cornmeal

19 thoughts on “There’s No “Cat” in Catfish Sandwich (with Lemon Caper Sauce)

  1. Freeda Baker Nichols

    Ohh, your kitten is so cute and very much like mine! I am glad you finally worked the cat’s photo into a post! Awesome idea, the catfish sandwich. Sounds very tasty. Bet my husband would like the sandwich. Thanks for finally posting your beautiful picture of your beautiful kitten!

  2. Tammy

    I have never made it but think my family would like this recipe. Maybe one day after we clear the shrimp and salmon from the freezer.

  3. Louise

    Oh Kitty:)

    This sounds like my kinda sandwich, Inger. The lemon sauce has got to be “the icing on the cake.” Thanks for sharing…

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Louise. You know I consider many sandwiches boring so we don’t eat them a lot, but this was definitely an exception.

      1. Louise

        I’m having issues with store bought bread these days so I’ve been shying away from sandwiches, which are a weakness of mine, but, I sure would seek out just the perfect “bed” for some of this catfish!

  4. Lynn

    This looks delicious. I like the addition of the lemon sauce – bet it go great with a lot of different varieties of fish!

    1. Inger Post author

      We liked the sauce a lot–I think it would be good with fish served in non-sandwich form too.

    1. Inger Post author

      I did try it broiled after this and I decided that I like the cornmeal version better, so I’m with you on the cornmeal crunch!

  5. Kathy

    I laughed out loud, Inger, and then wanted to try that recipe, real bad. Sounds delicious! (I must stop thinking about the actual cat in a sandwich…)

    1. Inger Post author

      I was just happy to find an excuse to put in a picture of our black cat which I’d been promising to show a fellow blogger (with a look alike) for ages!

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