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Traeger Smoked Catfish with Dry Rub

Traeger smoked catfish with dry rub is amazing. This is how to cook catfish healthy without oil keeping it moist, tender with tons of flavor. Make on your pellet grill or as an electric smoker recipe during the summertime or year round for dinner.

Traeger Catfish

Catfish smoked with mesquite chips gives this fish a ton of smoky flavors. Add our dry rub for fish and it takes this healthy meal over the top. This method will give you the same fork tender inside with a bit of a crispy sear on the outside that bakes the rub on nicely. (affiliate links present)

How do You Smoke Fish?

Smoked fish is a delicious and flavorful preparation that involves curing and then smoking to infuse it with a smoky aroma and taste. It is a popular method of how to preserve fish and enhance its flavor. Different types that are great are smoked salmon, trout, mackerel, haddock, and more. Here’s how smoke fish in the recipe card below.

There are a number of different ways to prepare this white fish. From grilling, to baking, and pan-searing and now smoking they are all delish. In the southern United States, fried catfish is a classic dish often served with Jiffy hushpuppies and/or coleslaw.

How to Smoke Catfish

How to Smoke Catfish

We love applewood for fish in general. For fillets like this it takes a bit longer than let’s say smoked scallops which are more bite size. You could easily make both and just stick these on later on so they are done at the same time.

Ingredients

  • catfish fillets
  • Garlic powder
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • Paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Does catfish smoke well?

Yes, if you season it well and use Hickory pellets. There are a few simple ideas below you can use or choose one of our Dry Rub Recipes for Meat here if you want a stronger flavor. Another thing you can do is let it sit on the top for 30 minutes to enhance the intensity before cooking. Easy way to make it stronger.

What does smoked catfish taste like?

Catfish flesh is mild-flavored, with a slightly sweet and nutty taste. The texture can vary depending on the species and how it’s prepared. It can range from tender and flaky to firm and meaty. Smoked on a Traeger gives it a smoky flavor, and is much healthier than fried.

We have made this with a very light breading vs. this blackened rub with our air fryer catfish recipe. Wouldn’t work really well this way on a grate but if you wanted to cook inside I would highly recommend this option.

Smoked Catfish

How Long do you Smoke Fish?

Different types of fish can have varying smoking times. For example, salmon and trout are commonly smoked fish and may take 1 to 3 hours, while thinner fish like mackerel or herring may require less time. The biggest differentiation is how thick your pieces are, whether they are filets or whole. A great healthy option if you’re having a Fish Fry.

How to Cook Catfish on a Traeger

Any brand will do, Green Mountain is another popular brand of machine nowadays. Same goes for when you are baking or if you were to Fry a Whole Fish. Smaller varieties of course will be quicker than others to get the center flaky and to the proper internal temp.

  • Fill smoker with hardwood BBQ pellets. You always want to preheat your smoker before adding food so it is at a constant temperature the whole time.
  • Mix together spices in a dish. Spread olive oil onto catfish fillets.
  • Season catfish fillets. Set aside.
  • Prepare smoker by placing 2-3 long sheets of aluminum foil along the bottom of the smoker element, underneath the rack, for easy cleanup.
  • Brush grill rack clean. Set smoker to smoke.
  • Place filets directly onto grates with skin side down.
  • Set smoker to 350 degrees and cook for 15 minutes. OR 250 degrees for 45 minutes for a smokier flavor.

The recommended internal temperature for smoked fish is typically around 145°F (63°C). Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature at the thickest part of the fish to ensure it’s fully cooked. We like to make Fried Cornbread cakes on the side with this.

Smoked Catfish Recipe

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Smoked Catfish

Traeger smoked catfish with dry rub is amazing. This is how to cook catfish healthy without oil keeping it moist, tender with tons of flavor.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword catfish, dry rub, smoked, traeger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 216kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together spices in a dish. Spread olive oil onto catfish fillets. Spread spices onto catfish fillets. Set aside.
  • Fill smoker with hardwood BBQ pellets. Prepare smoker by placing 2-3 long sheets of aluminum foil along the bottom of the smoker element, underneath the rack, for easy cleanup.
  • Brush grill rack clean. Set smoker to smoke. Allow to preheat.
  • Place catfish fillets directly onto grates with skin side down. Set smoker to 350 degrees and cook for 15 minutes. OR 250 degrees for 45 minutes for a smokier flavor.
  • ** Thickest part should reach 145 F. before removing, allow to rest 5 minutes before serving, cutting.
Nutrition Facts
Smoked Catfish
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 659mg19%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 783IU16%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
How Long to Smoke Fish
catfish dry rub
5 from 6 votes
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Sara Welch

Friday 19th of July 2024

This was everything a gourmet meal should be and then some! Turned out perfectly flakey, juicy and delicious; easily, a new favorite recipe!

Anjali

Friday 19th of July 2024

This was a great summertime dinner for our family! The fish turned out perfectly cooked and had great smoky flavor!

charah

Friday 19th of July 2024

I love this recipe, Made it yesterday. thanks for sharing

Gianne

Friday 5th of July 2024

The smoky flavor combined with the perfect blend of spices in the dry rub created a mouthwatering dish that had everyone coming back for seconds. It's definitely a recipe I'll be making again and again!

Ned

Friday 5th of July 2024

This is my new goto catfish! It was perfect smoked in my Trager!! Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Friday 5th of July 2024

awesome

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