Fried Fish Filets - Catfish, Talapia

Gail Welch


I worked at a hospital for years and the cafeteria served crispy fried catfish nearly every Friday. I asked the manager for the recipe.. She just gave me the basics.... cornmeal, flour, salt, black pepper and paprika...dip in milk and deep fry. The breading is what makes it taste so good.


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10 Min
15 Min
Deep Fry


  • 6 slice
    catfish or talapia, filets
  • 2 c
  • ·
    salt, to taste

  • 1 1/2 c
    yellow cornmeal, stone ground preferred
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper, coarse ground
  • 1 tsp

  • 2-3 c
    shortening or vegetable oil-enough to deep fry fish

How to Make Fried Fish Filets - Catfish, Talapia


  1. Combine breading ingredients in gallon size ziplock bag. Shake to mix together well.
  2. Melt shortening or oil in skillet until hot.
  3. Place filets in milk. Remove and salt both sides, according to taste.
  4. Place 2-3 filets in bag and shake until coated. Remove from bag and dip again in milk.
  5. Place fish in ziplock bag for a second coating. Repeat this process for remaining pieces.
  6. Fry 3 pieces of fish in hot oil (iron skillet) for approximately 6-7 minutes on each side until done and golden brown. Repeat with remaining filets.

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About Fried Fish Filets - Catfish, Talapia

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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