Southern Fried Catfish with Hush Puppies

Tammy Raynes


Southern hospitality just wouldn't be the same with this delicious dish. Every southern woman knows how to fry up a "mess" of good catfish and though there are several recipes for the batter it all boils down to deep frying those babies a deep golden brown.

And you can't have fried catfish with the hush puppies to go with it.

This is the recipe I use when I cook fried catfish. For this recipe I used catfish fillets, but you can also use strips.


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30 Min
25 Min
Deep Fry


  • 4
    catfish fillets
  • 1/2 c
    yellow cornmeal
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    red pepper
  • ·
    vegetable oil for frying

  • 1 12/ c
    yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 c
  • 1 small
    onion, minced
  • 1
    egg, slightly beaten

How to Make Southern Fried Catfish with Hush Puppies


  1. HUSH PUPPY BATTER: Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Add milk, onion and egg. Stir until well combined. Set aside. Mixture will be a little thick.
  2. Rinse catfish and pat dry with paper towels. Combine cornmeal, flour, salt and red pepper in shallow dish. Dip fish in cornmeal mixture. Heat 1" of oil in large, heavy saucepan over medium heat until oil registers 375 degrees.
  3. Fry fish, a few pieces at a time, 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and fish flakes easily when tested with fork. Adjust heat to maintain temperature. Drain fish on paper towels.
  4. TO MAKE HUSH PUPPIES: Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into hot oil. Fry, a few pieces at a time, 2 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 24 hush puppies.

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About Southern Fried Catfish with Hush Puppies

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

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