Down South Fried Catfish

Jennifer H


When I was 19 and pregnant with my daughter, her great-grandmother asked if I knew how to fry fish. I lied and said yes! She asked if I would not mind frying up some fish and of course, I nervously agreed. To my surprise, every one LOVED my fried fish. That was 16 years ago, and everyone still raves about the fish every time I cook it. I hope you all enjoy.


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2 Hr 15 Min
15 Min


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catfish filets
1 Tbsp
coarse salt
1 Tbsp
lemon pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp
creole or cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 1/2 c
yellow cornmeal
2 c
4-6 dash(es)
hot sauce
6 slice
peanut or canola oil ( for frying)

How to Make Down South Fried Catfish


  • 1Place catfish in a single layer in a shallow dish. Sprinkle with coarse salt and hot sauce.
  • 2Pour the buttermilk over the fish. Set aside to marinate about 2 hours.
  • 3Place 2 inches of oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • 4place flour, cornmeal and Creole seasoning, black pepper, and lemon pepper in a brown bag.
  • 5Add just enough fish to fry in the first batch (I usually coat 2 pieces at a time) Shake bag to coat fish evenly.
  • 6Add fish to hot oil.Cook until fish begins to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • 7Turn; cook until fish browns and most of the bubbling has stopped, about 4 more minutes.
  • 8Transfer to clean brown paper or paper towel to drain. Repeat with remaining fish.
  • 9Serve with dipping sauce and lemons.

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About Down South Fried Catfish

Course/Dish: Fish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtag: #catfish

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