Breaded Catfish (Bagre Apanado o A la Milanesa)

by Erica Dinho on September 15, 2009

Pescado apanadoThere are many types of fish that we eat in Colombia that I haven’t found in the United States. Catfish, however, is very popular in both countries, so I am able to make some traditional Colombian catfish recipes.

We make catfish it in many different ways. In addition to breaded, we sometimes fry a whole catfish or grill it using various types of sauces. Fish in Colombia is usually served with fried green plantains or yuca on the side. I hope you enjoy this recipe!



(4 Servings)

  • 4 catfish fillets skins and bones removed, rinsed and patted dry
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powdered
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup bread crumbs


  1. Mix the flour, paprika, garlic powder and cumin in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. In a third dish add the bread crumbs.
  2. Season the catfish with salt and pepper. Coat the fish fillets with the flour, dip in the eggs and dredge in the crumbs.
  3. Drop carefully in the hot oil. Fry for 4 minutes until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray. Season with salt and pepper.
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1 Ben September 16, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Would you believe me if I said I have never tried catfish before? I like milanesas de pollo y de res, so I bet I’d love this one too.


2 Sarah Naveen September 16, 2009 at 8:09 AM

catfish looks so yummy Erica!!!
I love everything with Fish!!!


3 Sarah Naveen September 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM

I m really happy and excited to see your msg!!!!
I would be 100% intreseted!!!!
i m soo soo happy Girl!!!
I would like to put my Prawn – Mango curry itself…if u are okie with that…
Lemme know!!

Sarah Naveen!!!!


4 Sophie September 16, 2009 at 11:24 AM

A simpel but tasty dish! Yum!


5 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie September 16, 2009 at 2:31 PM

The catfish looks delicious, great recipe!


6 nora@ffr September 16, 2009 at 5:56 PM

this meal looks fantastically yummy!! :)


7 Gera @ SweetsFoods September 16, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Love fish-milanesa and this is certainly so yummy :)




8 Velva September 16, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Catfish is very popular here in Tallahassee. This would be a simple and easy dish to prepare. As always, great blog post!


9 Felisha September 17, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Will have to try this, but since I am not a catfish fan, I will probably try it with tilapia. Hope it still tastes as good ;)


10 Erica September 25, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog :)


11 Karen February 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

I made this breaded fish tonight and it came out so yummy, another winner! I’m slowly cooking my way through your website and loving it. Everything I’ve tried has been a joy to cook. I appreciate how simply your recipes are written and use simple ingredients that even a novice cook like me can impress her Colombian bf. :) He might take me to your hometown Medellin for vacation this year. I can’t wait, will be my first time in South America.


12 Erica Dinho February 19, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Hi Karen, You are going to love Medellín :)


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