Baked Catfish with Firecracker Sauce

Recipe created by Jenn's Food Journey

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can add even more if you want it hotter)
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 large catfish fillets
2 Tablespoons cornmeal
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons panko bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, lemon juice, Dijon, cayenne, garlic powder and pepper until smooth. Cover and keep in refrigerator until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place baking sheet that will hold a wire rack into the oven while it heats (this will help keep the bottom of the fish crispy....see this post for further instructions).

In a shallow dish, mix the cornmeal, flour, panko, pepper, garlic salt, and paprika together. Rinse the fillets and do not dry them off. Press fillets into cornmeal mixture, making sure both sides are covered. Shake off any excess coating. Place the fillets on a wire rack and transfer to baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the broiler on and broil the fish for another 2 minutes or until the coating is golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with Firecracker Sauce on the side. Enjoy!