Catfish Pecan with Lemon Thyme Pecan Butter - Dee Dee's

Diane Hopson Smith


This is one of the best if not the best catfish dishes I've ever tasted.

I found this recipe in my 2005 Southern Living Cookbook.

I can't claim this recipe but I do claim it's tried and true!


★★★★★ 3 votes

15 Min
Pan Fry


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  • 1 1/2 c
    pecan halves, divided
  • 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    creole seasoning, divided
  • 1 large
  • 1 c
  • 8
    6-ounch catfish, flounder, redfish, or bass fillets
  • 1 c
    butter, divided
  • 2 large
    lemons, halved
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 6 large
    fresh thyme sprigs
  • ·
    kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • ·
    fresh thyme, lemon slices for garnishes

How to Make Catfish Pecan with Lemon Thyme Pecan Butter - Dee Dee's


  1. PROCESS ¾ cup pecans, flour, and 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning in a food processor until finely ground; place pecan mixture in a large shallow bowl, and set aside.
  2. WHISK together eggs and milk in large bowl, and set aside.
  3. SPRINKLE both sides of fillets evenly with remaining ½ teaspoon Creole seasoning.
  4. DIP catfish fillets in egg mixture, draining off excess; dredge fillets in pecan mixture, coating both sides, shake off excess.
  5. MELT 2 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until butter starts to bubble. Place 2 fillets in skillet, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack in a jellyroll pan, and keep warm in a 200º oven. WIPE skillet clean, and repeat procedure with remaining fillets.
  6. WIPE skillet clean. Melt remaining ½ cup butter in skillet over high heat; add remaining ¾ cup pecans, and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes or until toasted. Squeeze juice from lemon halves into skillet; place lemon halves cut side down in skillet. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook 30 seconds or until thyme wilts and becomes very aromatic. Remove and discard lemon halves and wilted thyme.
  7. PLACE fish on a serving platter; spoon pecan mixture over fish. Garnish, if desired.
  8. NOTE: It's important to wipe the skillet clean each time this recipe calls for wiping it clean or you will end up with some burnt crust.

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About Catfish Pecan with Lemon Thyme Pecan Butter - Dee Dee's

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American

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