By Ryan Somma ( [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ryan Somma ( [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Alternative Names: Bullhead, Channel catfish

Monterey Bay Recommendation: Catfish that's farmed in the U.S., farmed in closed tanks or caught in the Chesapeake Bay is a "Best Choice." Say "No, thanks" to imported catfish except when it’s from an eco-certified source.

Uses in Cooking: Catfish is commonly battered or breaded in cornmeal and fried. The soft flesh and scaleless skin does not hold up well to most other cooking methods.

Similar Fish: Swai, cod, sablefish

Description: Soft flesh with extremely mild flavor. This is a perfect fish for beginners.

Fun Facts: Catfish have taste buds distributed over the entire surface of their bodies and a sense of smell that is more developed than that of a canine. This helps them find food in murky water.