Blackened Catfish

Blackened Catfish is homemade blackened seasonings and catfish cooked in cast-iron skillet.  It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Weight Watcher friendly recipe- 1 SmartPoint!


Pan grilled catfish coated in homemade blackened seasoning.


I have a little secret, I LOVE fried catfish.  Growing up in the south, fried catfish is basically on the menu at every seafood restaurant.  Something about the crispy coating and the white fluffy inside makes me happy.  Fried food is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, but it comes with a hefty price since it’s fried.  I decided it was time to take my beloved catfish and give it a new spin.  My Blackened Catfish is juicy, flavorful and only 1 SmartPoints per serving.


You can buy blackening seasoning OR you can make your own!  I have way too many spices to count so I typically make my own.  You could easily make the seasoning in bulk so that you have it on hand for any other recipe.  The blackened seasons would be so good with chicken, shrimp, scallops…. YUM!  Every time I make this recipe, I immediately think of Cajun food and it takes me back to being in New Orleans.  I love Cajun food and at almost every restaurant in New Orleans they have blackened shrimp or fish.


Close up picture of raw catfish that is coated in homemade blackened seasoning


I definitely recommend cooking the catfish first in a cast iron skillet.  If you don’t have one, get one!  You can basically use it for cooking anything.  I love mine!  This is a great meal for any day of the week; it’s healthy and easy to make!  Perfect when you are craving creole or Cajun food!  Weight Watchers friendly recipe and only 1 SmartPoint per serving!



Pan grilled catfish coated in homemade blackened seasoning.


I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!


Blackened Catfish

Blackened Catfish

A great meal for any day of the week; it’s healthy and easy to make!  Perfect when you are craving Creole or Cajun food! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 5


  • 4 Catfish Fillets
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 Sprays of Light Butter Spray
  • Juice of Half a Lemon

Homemade Blackening Seasoning:

  • ½ Teaspoon Smoked Paprika (Or Use Regular Paprika)
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground White Pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (Use ¼ teaspoon to make less spicy)
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Cajun Seasoning (Omit for less spicy)


  • Combine all spices for blackening season. Rub spice mix into each side of catfish filet.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a cast iron skillet and heat skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Cook each side of seasoned catfish in the skillet for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Spray baking dish with non-fat cooking spray and transfer the catfish to a baking dish. Spray each side of the catfish with light butter spray.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Spritz catfish with fresh lemon juice.


**If using pre-made/store bought Blackening Seasoning, use 2 1/2 Tablespoons.**
Nutrition is based on the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program guidelines. Nutrition calculated using Weight Watchers calculator.
NUTRITION: Serves 4, 1 Fillet Per Serving- (1 SmartPoint Per Serving) CALORIES: 30 FAT: 3.4 SATURATED FAT: 0 CARBS: 0 FIBER: 0 SUGARS: 0 PROTEIN: 0

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  • Reply
    Laura Saloom
    October 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm Why can’t I put the skillet in the oven to finish baking it? I use mine like that for a roast all of the time. Will it get too hot and burn it?
    • Reply
      October 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm Hi Laura, In the recipe, you actually cook the catfish in a skillet on the stove for a few minutes, then finish it in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Thank you!
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    December 17, 2017 at 11:42 am Im going to try and put mine in the skillet in the oven as well hope it turns out good!!
    • Reply
      December 18, 2017 at 8:56 am I hope you like it Tina!!
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    September 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm I made your recipe today with No changes. I served it with a creamy Parmesan orzo. I felt like I was at a fancy restaurant. It was so amazing. Thank you for sharing.
  • Reply
    October 15, 2021 at 6:50 pm Trying it tonight will let you know
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