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Fried Catfish Recipes

November 18, 2008 by  

Here is some of our favorite fried catfish recipes.

Traditional Fried Catfish Recipe


4 catfish fillets
1/3 cup milk
½ cup cornmeal
1 large egg
½ cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
lemon wedges (if desired)
vegetable oil

In bowl combine cornmeal, flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. In separate bowl, with a fork stir together the milk and egg. Heat a ½ inch of vegetable oil in a skillet. Oil should be about 350 degrees. Dip catfish in egg and cover with cornmeal, flour mixture. Place fillets in skillet and cook about 5 minutes on each side or until fish turns a golden brown color. Remove and drain on paper towels.

It doesn’t matter where you live, there is nothing better than a good fried catfish recipe.

Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

This recipe makes a large batch of batter for fried catfish that is easily stored in the freezer for future use. Frying outside is recommended as the smell of fried fish may linger.


2-3 catfish filets per person
1 ¼ pounds of corn meal
3 ounces of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 ounces of dry mustard
¼ cup salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
peanut oil

In large bag or bowl mix together corn meal, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, dry mustard, and salt. In a deep fat fryer add peanut oil. Must have at least enough to fully cover fish. Heat oil just to the point of smoking. If it starts to smoke turn the heat down. Dip fish in whisked egg and dip in cornmeal mixture. Drop into oil. When fish turn golden brown and crisp they are ready to serve.

One of the best catfish fried recipes we have ever cooked.

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2 Responses to “Fried Catfish Recipes”
  1. chef ed dugan says:

    I love fried catfish. Having said that I have always wondered why there are so many recipes for such a simple dish. You dip them in a liquid, roll them in cornmeal (and flour if you wish) and fry them. People try to make this a lot more complicated then it is. Just amke sure the oil is hot enough.

    Now the sides are something entirely different. There are thousands of cole slaw and hush puppy recipes. (I happen to think my coleslaw is the best as described in my cookbook. Help-I Gotta Cook! but that’s a matter of taste. Fried catfish is fried catfish and it takes a really dumb cook to screw it up.

  2. toomanygrandkids says:

    I just found your recipes today. I’v been trying to find easy fried fish recipes for the longest time. These look easy and sound delish. But I have a couple of ?’s about the second one. Have you ever tried just flour instead or a combo of flour/corn meal? What type of container do you freeze the corn meal mixture in?

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