Oven Baked Catfish


catfishAny type of fish is a healthy deal for any of us. Baking fish in an oven makes it even more healthy. Here is a simple, easy recipe that can be used for any fish. All you need is real butter (or olive oil), sea salt and pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. You can add other seasonings if you’d like -cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or garlic or onion powder, for example.

Put your fish on a non-stick pan (or grease a regular pan to keep the fish from sticking). Brush melted butter on top, then season as you like.

Bake at 400 for 20+ minutes. Turn fish over half-way through baking.



Oven Baked Catfish

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An easy, simple, and healthy recipe for oven baked catfish - or any fish. Ingredients you already have in your kitchen make this an easy meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 8 catfish
  • 4 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon more or less Old Bay Seasoning
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder and/or onion powder to taste
  • Ceyenne pepper to taste


  • Use a non-stick pan or lightly grease the bottom of a tray or pan
  • Place catfish on tray
  • Spread melted butter on top of catfish
  • Season with Old Bay seasoning, Sea Salt, pepper, onion or onion powder, garlic powder, etc.
  • Bake at 425 for 15 minutes
  • Turn fish over and bake until done - about 5-10 more minutes

oven baked catfish

Tilapia (Broiled)



Tender, Healthy, and Tasty

Tilapia. I’m always interested in healthy cooking, but sometimes it’s hard to find recipes that are tasty and healthy, especially when it comes to fish. This recipe for Tilapia is a keeper.

Merle, Jane, and two of their grandchildren.

A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a new dish in the home of friends. Merle Eby is the chef on this one, and it’s his recipe. Merle loves trains, his grandkids, and Jane, his bride of 52 years. He also loves to cook and concoct his own recipes.

When he put the Tilapia in the oven, it was ready in minutes. Granted, the bacon adds calories – but it only takes a few strips to feed eight to ten people.

It’s tender, it’s tasty, and it’s tilapia-icious!

One thing convenient and nice about this recipe is that you can wait until your guests arrive before popping the tray into the oven. If someone is running late, it doesn’t matter because you won’t be trying to keep food warm while you’re waiting.

The How in Under 15 Minutes

You’ll need Tilapia, season-all seasoning, garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning, and 3-4 strips bacon.  It will be done in 10-12 minutes.



Tilapia (Broiled)

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As easy as A, B, C, this Tilapia dish is ready in minutes. Seasonings and bacon make this dish a simple yet elegant dish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 4 lb. Tilapia approx. 9-11 fillets
  • 3-4 piece of bacon cut in 1-inch strips about 1/2 slice per fish fillet
  • Season All Seasoning
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Garlic Powder


  • Place Tilapia fillets on a tray
  • Season with Season All, Old Bay, and Garlic Powder as desired
  • Place 1-inch pieces of bacon on top of each fillet - about 3-4 pieces total
  • Broil for 10-12 minutes or until the bacon is done.
  • When the bacon is done, the fish will be done.



Because I Said So

fish boys eyes

As a child and later as a teenager, I made some vows about what I was not going to do when I was a mom.

One of those was the promise that when my children asked me “WHY?”  I would never, ever, ever say, “Because I said so.”

fish child toes

Then I became a mom.

These kids who made me a mom asked “Why?!” when they already knew why or at least had a pretty good idea.

I had kids who had to know why if I asked them to do something. These kids could give me ten reasons why they shouldn’t do something and make me feel guilty for even asking. Their why questions weren’t so much because they really wanted to know. They just wanted to see if they could find a loop-hole in my reasoning.

Whenever possible, I did attempt to explain in response to their questions. Sometimes I told them, “You do it now, and I will explain ” why” tomorrow.” [You should try that one; it works pretty well. They still have to do it, but the wind is knocked out of their sails. They have no reason to argue when the task is already done.]

There were days when I was weary of explaining myself and I realized that all they needed to do was obey because I was their mom. They didn’t have to know why. This was good practice for obeying God. They could obey without agreeing, without understanding, and without knowing why. Sometimes God asks that of us, and it’s good practice in being a child of a parent who makes “unreasonable” requests.

So I’d look them right in the eye and say those words I had promised I would never, ever, ever say: “Because I am your mama, and because I said so.”

I think about that when I read the story of Peter and his friends fishing an entire night and not getting a single catch. In the morning Jesus came, and He told them to go out into the deep and let their nets down.

You know Peter: mouthy, opinionated, brazen and bold.

True to himself, Peter declares, “Well, we’ve already been out there all night long. We’ve busted tail all night long, and we haven’t caught a single thing.”

The part I love best about this story is that, after Peter gave all the reasons why going out into the deep and putting their nets down one more time was totally useless, he said, “But because You say so, I will let down the nets.”

Because You Say So.

Life deals us many uncertainties and challenges. What God asks of us in response does not always make human sense. Yet at times, we are called to follow simply because of Who God is and because He said so. 

If you’re like me, you’ve had situations where you’ve ‘worked hard all night’ and things haven’t worked out like you wished they had. You’re tired and weary and discouraged. Your net is completely empty. You have nothing to show for your work and your prayers. You’re tired of trying and you’re ready to give up. You’re ready to get out of the boat and you don’t care to cast another net, ever again.

Then Jesus comes.

He tells us not to give up. He gives something in which to hope, something for which to reach, something we must obey, something He asks us to do.

The temptation is to say, “But . . . . !!!!! ”

It’s okay to tell Him what we’re feeling – to convey our hurt and frustration and wanting to throw in the net.

He already knows, so it’s okay.

And then? Then is when it’s time to say, “But – because You say so, I will . . . ”

What empty nets are you holding? What is He asking you to do, today?

Come . . . and Dine

Sea of Galilee

Early morning sunrise is one of the best parts of the day, especially if you’ve been up all night, don’t you agree? After fishing all night, I’m sure the disciples were ready to call it a night, especially when they hadn’t caught a thing. It was time to go home.

The evening before, some of Jesus’ disciples had been together. We know there were seven of them, but we only know some of their names: Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, and James and John (the sons of Zebedee). Two others were also along but are not named.

I wonder if it was boredom or restlessness that caused Peter to say, “I’m going fishing.”

Peter knew about fishing. He’d been doing it all his life, had made a business out of it. The water was his friend. His friends decided to join him, so they went – all of them. Back to what was familiar, to what they used to do before Jesus; back to what was comfortable, to what was easy because it came naturally because of who they were.

After a night on the sea, they were heading home. Then the Man standing on the shore asked them if they had anything to eat. Their answer was no. So He told them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. They did. And immediately their nets were full.

Peter had seen that kind of miracle before, and there was no doubt in his mind that this Man was Jesus. Wasting not a moment, he donned his fisherman’s cloak and jumped into the water. The others came straggling along in the boat the remaining 300-some feet, dragging their catch of 153 fish.

Jesus was waiting for them. He was ready for them. How did He know they’d been fishing in those waters? How did He know where to find them?

Along the seashore, waves lapping on the beach, He had a fire with coals. And bread. And fish. Just what a fisherman needed after working all night! It was all there, ready for them. I can imagine the aroma from those coals, the fish, and the bread.

Sea of Galilee Israel

Sitting by the side of the sea, a conversation ensued among the disciples and this man Jesus Who had just recently come back to life after His death. I’m sure they were still trying to figure out what to do, how to act, and where to go since their Dream had died and come back to life.

It seems there was some unfinished business to tend to.  Peter and Jesus, eating together somewhere along the shore, had a conversation. Jesus questioned Peter’s love for Him.  Was it because Peter had denied Him, not once or twice, but thrice?

Did Jesus want to reinforce His love and forgiveness to Peter, especially after his denial of not only a friendship, but of any type of relationship? When we take the time to come to His table, Jesus makes sure that our unfinished business gets finished.

come dine coals of fire

As they pull up to shore, He beckons, “Come – and dine.” Come on over, sit a spell, eat your fill. You are welcome here at My table.

So they came. They dined. They were filled. And refilled. And healed.

There are days when it seems there is distance between me and my Lord. It’s my signal to come and sit at His table and ask Him to show me what I’m missing.

Have I been fishing from the wrong side of the boat? Have I gone back to my old familiar haunts without His blessing?  Have I, in my actions or attitude, denied that I know Him?

It’s an open invitation along the shore of life. Jesus continues to invite each of us: Come and dine. All we need is an appetite for the feast He has prepared for us along the riptides of our lives. If we are hungry for Him, we can feast, and we will be filled.

The table has already been set. He invites us today just like He invited His disciples several thousand years ago: Come . . . and dine. The table is set. Don’t be late!

Sunrise ocean or sea

You can read the story in the Gospel of John, chapter 21.

A minister, Charles B. Widmeyer, wrote the song Come and Dine. He was going to be preaching a sermon from John 21 and he wrote the song to go along with his sermon.

You can listen to Gary Chapman sing the song here.

  1. Jesus has a table spread
    Where the saints of God are fed,
    He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine”;
    With His manna He doth feed
    And supplies our every need:
    Oh, ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!

    • Refrain:
      “Come and dine,” the Master calleth, “Come and dine”;
      You may feast at Jesus’ table all the time;
      He Who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
      To the hungry calleth now, “Come and dine.”
  2. The disciples came to land,
    Thus obeying Christ’s command,
    For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
    There they found their heart’s desire,
    Bread and fish upon the fire;
    Thus He satisfies the hungry every time.
  3. Soon the Lamb will take His bride
    To be ever at His side,
    All the host of heaven will assembled be;
    Oh, ’twill be a glorious sight,
    All the saints in spotless white;
    And with Jesus they will feast eternally.pinterest come and dine