Popeye’s Copycat Cajun Fish Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: March 15, 2020 Modified: April 14, 2021
Popeye’s Copycat Cajun Fish Recipe

It’s not a Fish Fryday, but you’ve got a hankering for some cajun catfish. This fish is spicy but not overwhelming, and is perfect for any gathering, especially when paired with our Popeye’s Copycat Cajun Fries!

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How To make Popeye's Copycat Cajun Fish

4.58 from 7 votes
Prep: 15 mins
Marinade and Chill: 1 hr
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 1 hr 25 mins
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  • 2 lb catfish fillets, boneless and skinless, sliced into 2-inch strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk, more as needed
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup milk

To Serve:

  • french fries
  • tartar sauce
  • mixed greens & lemon wedges


  1. Soak the fillets in buttermilk and chill for 30 to 45 minutes.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder, cornmeal, and milk.

  3. As soon as the batter has a smooth consistency, stir in all the spices.
  4. Chill the batter for 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. Dip each piece of fish in the batter.

  6. Heat one inch of oil over medium-high heat and then fry each side for 3 to 4 minutes.

  7. Remove the cooked fish from the hot pan and drain on paper towels.
  8. Serve with tartar sauce, French fries, mixed greens, & lemon wedges.

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