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Fried Catfish, Southern Style

Russ Myers


This fried fish recipe is perfect for nights when you want to have a fish fry in your very own kitchen. If you love fried fish, then you are sure to enjoy this recipe for Fried Catfish.
Pieces of catfish are coated in a seasoned flour and cornmeal mixture before getting fried.

For an extra special touch, serve this easy fish recipe with a special sauce made from lemon juice, relish, and ketchup.

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15 Min
15 Min
Pan Fry


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1/2 c
finely ground yellow cornmeal
1/2 c
cake flour
2 tsp
ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
kosher salt, plus more for seasoning the fish
1 tsp
freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning the fish
1 c
vegetable oil
2 lb
catfish fillets, cut into 3- to 4-ounce strips


1 c
2 tsp
fresh lemon juice
3 tsp
chopped parsley, optional
2 tsp
brown mustard
2 Tbsp
sweet relish
1/2 c
1 tsp
1 dash(es)

How to Make Fried Catfish, Southern Style


  • 1Place cornmeal, flour, cayenne, paprika, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish and whisk to thoroughly

    Heat vegetable oil over medium heat in a 12-inch cast iron skillet to 350°F.
    Line a plate with several layers of paper towels; set aside.
  • 2Use a paper towel to blot the fish pieces dry, season on all sides with salt and pepper, then
    dredge in the cornmeal mixture, being sure to cover all sides.
    Tap fish pieces lightly to shake off
    any excess coating.
  • 3Fry fish in batches, turning once, until deep golden brown and crisp on the outside with a flaky interior about 6 minutes total.
  • 4Remove fish from the pan with a slotted spatula to the paper towel lined plate to drain.
    While the pieces are still hot, season well with salt.
    Serve with lemon wedges and rémoulade, (sauce).
  • 5Simple Remoulade Sauce:
    Mix all ingredients together and serve chilled.
  • 6Tip:
    Most recipes for frying catfish calls for 6 cups veggie oil, I reduced it to about 1, and fried in batches of about 4 fillets at a time.

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About Fried Catfish, Southern Style

Course/Dish: Fish, Other Sauces, Wild Game
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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