Pan Fried Catfish with Greens

3 minutes
January 30, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe
Pan Fried Catfish with Greens and Cornbread - A complete Southern meal! via

This pan fried catfish dinner with perfect Southern cornbread and greens is not technically quick or easy, but if you hustle you can get it all on the table in 40 minutes following these instructions. Not bad, but you can’t do much else but cook during that time. If you ask me, it’s worth it for a quality Southern-style meal! Serve this up with some sliced tomatoes on the side and a glass of sweet tea, and I’m sure you will agree!

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Pan Fried Catfish with Greens

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Three great recipes come together to make a tasty, authentic Southern dinner!

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x





  1. For the greens, heat a 12″ skillet or stockpot over medium-high heat. (Dice the bacon and onion while skillet heats.) Add bacon and onion to skillet and saute, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, and add greens to skillet a couple handfuls at a time. Stir and let wilt slightly before adding more. After adding all the greens, season with salt and hot sauce, add 1/3 c. water, and stir. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until dinner is ready to serve.
  3. Now it’s time for the fish! Stir together flour, Cajun seasoning, and paprika in a shallow bowl.
  4. Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat, add butter and vegetable oil, and heat until butter is melted. Swirl pan to blend butter and oil and evenly coat pan.
  5. Dredge both sides of fish in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Place fillets in single layer in pan, and cook 7 minutes. Turn and cook an additional 5-7 minutes, until cooked through.
  6. Remove catfish to serving plate. Turn heat off greens and stir in vinegar. Slice cornbread. Your dinner is ready to serve. Sit down, relax, and enjoy!


  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Southern
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


8 years ago

I followed the link for gluten free cornbread but this recipe sounds like it’s not gluten free. Can someone explain please?

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Sorry for the confusion, Tammy. You can use cup-for-cup gluten free flour for the all purpose flour in the cornbread. Thanks!

11 years ago

I – SO – miss living in the south and having this on a regular basis. Especially miss the greens with the vinegar with little hot Tabasco peppers steeping in the jar.

11 years ago

Hi, Susan. Where are you from? You could probably order the little peppers, but you’ll have to make the catfish yourself ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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