We’re springing into a new season with this feta and spring herb baked catfish. From fresh herbs grown in the garden to a burst of zest in the caramelized lemon, our recipe is blooming over here in the Heartland Catfish kitchen. There’s never too much of a good spring!

Serves 4-5

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Raw Ingredients on a Cutting Board


  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 whole catfish
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 10 small red potatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper


Sliced potatoes being layered in dish

Firstly, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the potatoes thinly at an angle creating oval slices and place them on an oiled baking dish lined with foil or parchment paper in rows with slight overlapping so that the entire bottom of the pan is covered by potatoes.

Catfish being browned in a skillet

After you layer the potatoes, heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. When the oil is hot, sear the catfish for 2-3 minutes per side until light brown in color.

Placing browned catfish on top of potatoes

Thirdly, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil over the potatoes, then place the catfish on top and sprinkle everything with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are softened but not cooked all the way through.

Breadcrumb feta mix being whisked

While the dish bakes, combine breadcrumbs, parsley, feta, lemon juice, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper in a bowl. Stir to combine, and then drizzle the rest of the olive oil in and stir until breadcrumbs are coated in oil. Then trim the asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces.

Dish being placed in oven for second time

Once the catfish is light brown all over, remove the baking dish from oven. Scatter asparagus evenly around the catfish and potatoes. Afterward, sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top of the catfish, asparagus and potatoes, making sure there are no big clumps that will cook unevenly.

Baked Dish Pulled from the Oven

Finally, lay lemon slices around the catfish and bake for another 15 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden and fish is cooked through. Cool the dish for 5 minutes before plating and serving.

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