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!

How To make Popeye’s Copycat Cajun Fish

  • 2 lb boneless skinless catfish fillets (sliced into 2-inch strips)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (more as needed)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Batter

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2½ 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
  • 1½ tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup milk

To Serve:

  • French Fries
  • Tartar sauce
  • Mixed greens & lemon wedges
  1. Cover the fillets in buttermilk for 30-45 minutes. Set aside in a chilled area
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the batter until smooth
  3. As soon as the batter has a smooth consistency, stir in all the spices.
  4. Chill the batter for 10-15 minutes.
  5. In a large skillet, heat one inch of oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Dip each piece of fish in the batter and then fry each side for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove the cooked fish from the hot pan and drain on paper towels.
  8. Serve with your favorite sauces, French Fries, mixed greens, & lemon wedges

How To make Popeye's Copycat Cajun Fish

4.34 from 3 votes
Preparation: 30 mins
Cooking: 10 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless skinless catfish fillets sliced into 2-inch strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk more as needed
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Batter

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup 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
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup milk

To Serve:

  • French Fries
  • Tartar sauce
  • Mixed greens & lemon wedges

Instructions

  1. Cover the fillets in buttermilk for 30-45 minutes. Set aside in a chilled area
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the batter until smooth
  3. As soon as the batter has a smooth consistency, stir in all the spices.
  4. Chill the batter for 10-15 minutes.
  5. In a large skillet, heat one inch of oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Dip each piece of fish in the batter and then fry each side for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove the cooked fish from the hot pan and drain on paper towels.
  8. Serve with your favorite sauces, French Fries, mixed greens, & lemon wedges

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 348mg
  • Calories: 533kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Cholesterol: 223mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Potassium: 1135mg
  • Protein: 49g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 2271mg
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Vitamin A: 1276IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
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