Pistachio-Crusted Catfish Recipe

Pistachio-Crusted Catfish Recipe
Serve this Pistachio-Crusted Catfish Recipe with a lemon wedge, then squeeze it over the catfish for a tart final touch! (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

The buttery and smooth flavor of the pistachio nuts are the perfect coating for fresh catfish in this recipe ' You'll love it!

Baking crushed pistachios on top of fish adds a delicious nutty flavor, of course. But nuts – especially pistachios – are also naturally high in fat, adding a surprisingly rich, buttery taste to the catfish fillets that I chose for this recipe. The slight crunch from the crust is also nice foil to the tender, delicate fish. I unexpectedly liked this recipe more than I thought I would. I’m not a huge fan of cooking with nuts, but after trying this, I decided that this recipe is worthy of adding to my normal weekly rotations of fish recipes.

The best eating-size catfish fall into the 5-pound range and below. If possible, fish for catfish out of cool, flowing water for the best table fare. I do not recommend eating middle-of-the-summer catfish from a stagnant pond. These fish tend to taste too much like the stinky, hot pond they came from, and they can be mushy in texture. Some of the best fish I’ve tasted were catfish caught out of a cold river during the spring spawning run.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 7-10 minutes


  • 4 boneless catfish fillets
  • ⅔ cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 4 teaspoons bread crumbs
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To make the pistachio topping, run pistachios through a small food processor and pulse a few times to crush. Transfer pistachio into a small mixing bowl and combine with chopped parsley, coriander, chives, bread crumbs and melted butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Rinse catfish fillets with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of fillets and lay them on a greased baking sheet lined with foil. Evenly divide pistachio topping mixture onto each fillet, using the back of a spoon to pat down topping to form a crust.
  4. Pistachio-Crusted Catfish Recipe
    To make the pistachio coating even crispier, broil the fish on high for about 30 seconds after baking it. Make sure to watch it closely so it doesn't burn. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

  5. Bake fish in a 400-degree oven for 7-10 minutes, or until fish is flaky and cooked through and pistachio crust becomes toasty and golden. Squeeze lemon juice over each fillet before serving. (Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of catfish fillets. Be careful not to burn the pistachio topping.)

Recommended for You


State Records Reported in Maryland, Michigan

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere.

Trout & Salmon

How to Catch the Biggest Trout in the Stream

David Paul Williams

Several factors need to be evaluated before reaching a conclusion about what fly, lure or...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

MLF Pros: What's Your Go-To Lure?

When all else fails, here's what these pros tie on.

BPT Points Champ Edwin Evers Talks New Berkley Baits

After making the switch to Berkley products heading into the inaugural BPT season, Edwin Evers tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead why Berkley baits played such a key role in his recent angling success.

Lowrance Enters Trolling-Motor Market with Ghost

Lowrance's Lucas Steward shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead what all of the fuss is about in the brand new Ghost trolling motor being brought to market by the Tulsa, Okla.-based fishing equipment manufacturer.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories


10 Biggest Catfish World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - December 08, 2014

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a...


10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems

Anietra Hamper

Fishing reel maintenance provides a steady stream of business for The Fisherman's Warehouse

Other Freshwater

3 Deadly Bait Rigs For Stripers

J.B. Kasper - April 21, 2005

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers.

See More Stories

More Fish


Keep Those Drum and Cook Them

Keith Sutton

Freshwater drum are considered roughfish by some anglers, but these relatives of redfish are...


Fish and Venison Recipes for You and Your Valentine

Game & Fish Online Staff

These fish and venison recipes are perfect for a night in with you and your sweetheart.


6 Lip-Smacking Good Recipes for Striped Bass

Keith ''Catfish'' Sutton

Whether you are looking for an appetizer or an entrée, these 6 unique recipes offer...

See More Fish

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.