Texas Roadhouse Fried Catfish Review
Product Name: Texas Roadhouse Fried Catfish
Offer price: $11.99
Texas Roadhouse is known for its casual atmosphere, generous portion sizes, and low prices. A basket of their dinner rolls are served to guests upon arrival, with a side of their famous cinnamon butter, and honestly, I could eat those for an entire meal (okay, I’ve done it already). Each table is also given a bucket of peanuts to snack on. One of the most enjoyable parts of the Texas Roadhouse experience is getting to crack open peanuts and throw the shells on the ground. In fact, they go through 20,000 pounds of peanuts each year.
History and Inspiration
Texas Roadhouse was founded in 1993 in Indiana – not Texas, as you may have suspected. Though there are over 50 locations in the state of Texas and over 560 locations worldwide. The chain is known for its hand-cut steaks, made-from-scratch menu items. Ice cold beer, and irresistible freshly baked dinner rolls. The theme is “western” and the environment is casual and family-friendly. To keep up with the wishes of their growing customer base, the chain added a “Dockside” portion of the menu, which features fresh seafood meal options, including fried catfish, grilled salmon, and grilled shrimp. My favorite dish from this portion of the menu is the fried catfish.
Fried Catfish Review
Texas Roadhouse offers four options on their Dockside (seafood) portion of their menu. Two of these are dedicated to their Fried Catfish which comes as a three-piece or a four-piece meal. The catfish is U.S. farm-raised, lightly breaded in southern cornmeal, deep-fried, and served with Creole Mustard sauce.
1. Taste and Texture [4/5]
I’ve tried the Fried Catfish from several locations across Texas, and I always find that the catfish is consistent in taste. The fish itself has a sweet, mild and moist taste with firm flesh, less flaky than other whitefish. The breading is made with cornmeal, buttermilk, and salt and pepper. The fish is fried in a mix of peanut oil and soybean oil, giving it a smokey flavor and crispy texture. The fish pairs well with any of Texas Roadhouse’s side dishes. You can choose two side dishes including buttered corn, seasoned rice, apple sauce, fresh veggies, a cup of chili, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, steak fries, mashed potatoes, a baked potato, or a sweet potato. The serving size is generous, and you’ll likely have leftovers.
2. Are they healthy? [3/5]
Texas Roadhouse Fried Catfish has 790 calories, comparable to their boneless buffalo wings which have 760 calories and their Road Kill (chopped steak with sautéed onions) with 720 calories. Compared to most of the menu items at Texas Roadhouse, the catfish is slightly more healthy. It contains almost an entire day’s worth of vitamin B12; however, there are 48 grams of fat due to the breading and oils used to fry the fish. The meat and steak dishes pack quite a few more calories and protein, but the catfish has fewer carbs. You could make this meal more healthy by ordering grilled veggies as your side dish and opt for a glass of water or lemonade instead of a soda or beer.
3. Are they Worth it? [4/5]
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve eaten at Texas Roadhouse. Their seafood options are just as fresh and savory as the steak dishes that they’re so well-known for. The fish is cooked well – it’s always light and flaky. The breading is crispy and flavorful, and it’s served nice and hot. I like this meal with either grilled veggies, steak fries, sautéed mushrooms, or a baked potato. Paired with their famous rolls and cinnamon butter, Texas Roadhouse created a winner with this full, delicious meal.
When I was a kid, I used to go fishing in Lake Texoma, and I often caught fresh catfish that we would bread and fry over a grill. While the fish in the restaurant isn’t quite as fresh as that, it does bring back good memories, and the taste is familiar. I enjoy this meal, and I’d order it again.
- Calories 790
- Total Fat 48 g
- Cholesterol 165 mg
- Sodium 1220 mg
- Carbohydrates 39g
- Dietary Fiber 2g
- Sugars 0 g
- Protein 48 g
- Sodium 940 mg
- Cholesterol 152 mg
Considering the quality and portion sizes, the prices at Texas Roadhouse are more than fair. As part of the Dockside portion of the menu, the Fried Catfish is in good company with grilled shrimp and grilled salmon, both priced at $14.99. A 3-piece catfish meal is $11.99, and a 4-piece catfish meal is $14.99. Comparatively speaking, this seems fair. I usually order the 3-piece because I tend to fill up on those delicious dinner rolls first.
- Fried Catfish (3-piece) $11.99
- Fried Catfish (4-piece) $14.99
- Grilled Shrimp $14.99
- Grilled Salmon $14.99
What do you think?
How do you like Texas Roadhouse’s Fried Catfish meal? Do you dip it in the mustard sauce or do you prefer a different sauce- if any? Let us know in the comments below.