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 Traditional Fried Catfish Recipe

4 catfish fillets
1/3 cup milk
cup cornmeal
1 large egg
cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
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 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.

Southern Fried Catfish Recipe


This recipe makes a large batch of batter for friend 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 pounds of corn meal
3 ounces of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 ounces of dry mustard
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.

Baked Catfish with Cheese Recipe

2 pounds of catfish fillets
1 can of tomato soup
2 green onions
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese grated


Place fillets in greased oven safe pan. Mix soup, onions, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over fish and cover with grated cheese. Preheat oven to 350 for 25 minutes.

Baked Catfish Recipe

2 pounds catfish fillets
cup cornmeal
teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon chili power
cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon paprika
cup ranch dressing


Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs, chili powder, garlic salt, paprika, and pepper. Dip the fish in the dressing and allow excess to drip off of fish. Coat the fish with the breading mixture. Preheat oven to 450. Place fish on a greased baking sheet and bake fish for 15 to 20 minutes.

This baked catfish recipe may also be used as a batter for frying.

Blackened Catfish Recipe


4 catfish fillets
pound bacon
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons white pepper
2 teaspoons crushed fennel
2 teaspoons crushed rosemary
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon oregano


Fry bacon to render out the grease. Remove the bacon from the grease and use the grease to fry the fish. Mix all of the dry ingredients and then coat fish. Bacon grease should be hot but not smoking. Cook catfish until they break apart easily.

Cajun Catfish Recipe


2 pounds of catfish fillets
2 ounces of hot pepper sauce
1.5 cups strawberry jam
cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
cup cocktail sauce
1 clove of garlic chopped
2 tablespoons horseradish
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
3/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil


Mix salt, pepper, and hot sauce in bowl. Place catfish in mixture to allow the fish to marinate for at minimum 1 hour in the refrigerator. Overnight allows hot sauce to penetrate fish. In a saucepan over low heat stir strawberry jam, vinegar, soy sauce, cocktail sauce, horseradish and garlic. In a plastic bag combine cornmeal and flour. Place catfish in bag and shake to coat fish. Heat oil in large skillet on high heat, oil should not smoke, if it begins to smoke turn the heat down. Place catfish in oil and fry until fish is golden brown. Serve catfish and sauce together.
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