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Smoked Catfish

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: main course, dinner
  • Method: smoking
  • Cuisine: american, barbecue, southern


Our easy smoked catfish recipe seasoned with soul food seasoning and served with a delicious lemon butter sauce. Perfect for family gatherings or casual dinners!



Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse catfish under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Spray both sides with cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle soul food seasoning evenly over both sides fillets, ensuring they are well coated.
  3. Preheat smoker to 250°F (121°C). Place a wire rack or sheet pan inside.
  4. Transfer seasoned catfish to rack or pan in smoker.
  5. Smoke catfish at 250°F for approximately 20 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Adjust smoking time if needed, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  6. Prepare the Lemon Butter Sauce: While catfish is smoking, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  7. Stir in fresh lemon juice and season with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Keep sauce warm until the smoked catfish is ready.
  8. Once catfish is fully smoked and reaches the desired internal temperature, carefully remove from smoker.
  9. Drizzle with sauce over the smoked catfish fillets before serving.

Keywords: smoked catfish, lemon butter sauce, smoker recipes, catfish