Southern Style "Fried" Catfish and Green Beans


Enjoy the flavors of the South in this better-for-you catfish and green beans dish. Thanks to the air fryer, you'll be able to eat a hearty, home-cooked meal in less than 30 minutes.

Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 12 ounce fresh green beans, trimmed

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

  • teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 2 6 ounce catfish fillets

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • cup panko bread crumbs

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 1 ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill

  • ¾ teaspoon dill pickle relish

  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • teaspoon granulated sugar

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Place green beans in a medium bowl, and spray liberally with cooking spray. Sprinkle with brown sugar, crushed red pepper (if using), and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt. Place in air fryer basket, and cook at 400ºF until well browned and tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, toss catfish in flour to coat, shaking excess from fish. Dip pieces, 1 at a time, in egg to coat, then sprinkle with panko, pressing to coat evenly on all sides.

  3. Place fish in air fryer basket; spray with cooking spray. Cook at 400ºF until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle tops evenly with pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  4. While fish is cooking, whisk together mayonnaise, dill, relish, vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl. Serve fish and green beans with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

    Southern Style "Fried" Catfish and Green Beans
    Greg DuPree

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

416 Calories
18g Fat
31g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 416
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Sodium 677mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 33g
Calcium 101mg 8%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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