Temperatures may be dropping but we’re staying warm and cozy with this Catfish Loaded Baked Potatoes recipe. Make this recipe with Heartland fillets, strips or nuggets – any choice will be delicious! But then again, anything loaded in a potato and sprinkled with bacon is delicious.

Serves 6-8

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour


photo is of raw ingredients on a cutting board

    • 8 Russet potatoes
    • 2 slices bacon
    • 1 lb. Heartland catfish fillets
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 12 oz frozen mixed vegetables
    • 1 jar (4 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
    • ½ cup milk
    • 1 can (10.5 oz) condensed cream of celery soup
    • ½ tsp garlic powder
    • ¼ tsp dried thyme
    • ¼ tsp pepper
    • ¼ tsp hot sauce

Preheat oven to 425 F. 

photo is of olive oil being drizzled on a raw potato

Preheat your oven to 425 F. Next, wash the potatoes and pat them dry. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork, then wrap each potato individually in foil and place on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake potatoes for 1 hour, or until potatoes are soft to the touch.

photo is of soup being poured into the filling

While the potatoes are baking, begin making your catfish filling. Starting with a saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp; drain on a paper towel. Crumble the bacon and set it aside. Keep 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the saucepan. Cook chopped onion in the bacon fat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion becomes translucent. Then, add cream of celery soup to the saucepan.


photo is of frozen mixed veggies being added to the filling

Stir in remaining ingredients except the catfish and cooked bacon. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat to medium.

photo is of catfish being cooked in the filling

Stir in the catfish and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the catfish flakes easily.


photo is of catfish loaded baked potatoes being topped with bacon

When the potatoes are done, remove them from the foil and place each in a bowl. Cut horizontally to create a pocket for the catfish filling, then spoon catfish filling into each of the potatoes evenly. Top with bacon crumbles and serve.


photo is of catfish loaded baked potato styled in a bowl