Blackened Catfish

Cook Time

10 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

30 mins




½ cup Cajun Seasoning

¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Granulated Garlic

1 tsp ground thyme

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tsp ground Oregano

1 tsp Pepper

4 (5-oz.) Skinless Catfish Fillets

1 tbsp Smoked Paprika

1 stick Unsalted Butter

Cooking Instructions

Channel the flavors of the bayou with this traditional grilled Blackened Catfish.  The mildness of catfish serves as the perfect foundation for the intense smoky and spicy Creole flavors. Finish with a squeeze of lemon for an extra punch of flavor, and serve with rice, beans and coleslaw for a true Cajun seafood feast.

How to Make Blackened Catfish on the Grill

It starts with the rub. Blackened Catfish seasoning requires intense sweet, savory, and spicy Cajun seasonings. Apply liberally all over the fish and then cook each side 3 to 5 minutes at high heat. A dark crust should form, and the meat should be nice and flaky.

Don’t Forget to Use a Cast Iron Skillet

The cast iron skillet will give your crust a nice, buttery sear. While you can certainly cook your catfish straight on the grill grates with this recipe, cooking in butter in a cast iron skillet will elevate the flavor of the fish to a whole new level.

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Note: It is recommended to use Mesquite Hardwood Pellets with this recipe.

  1. In a small bowl, combine the Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, onion powder, granulated garlic, ground oregano, ground thyme, pepper and cayenne pepper.
  2. Sprinkle fish with salt and let rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Fire up your Pit Boss to 450°F. If you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for medium-high heat. Place cast iron skillet on the grill and let it preheat.
  4. While grill is preheating, sprinkle catfish fillets with seasoning mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Add half the butter to preheated cast iron skillet and swirl to coat, add more butter if needed. Place fillets in hot skillet and cook 3-5 minutes or until a dark crust has been formed. Flip and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until the fish flakes apart when pressed gently with your finger.
  5. Remove fish from grill and sprinkle evenly with fresh parsley. Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy!

Special Tools

  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Metal Spatula
  • Small Bowl

Bigger. Hotter. Heavier. Tip

Touch up your catfish with a hint of smoke prior to cooking it. Put your Pit Boss on smoke mode and place the catfish on the grill for 20 minutes prior to seasoning it.

Diet Info

  • Low Carb

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