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Choctaw Catfish Recipe

Choctaw Catfish

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"I developed this when the catfish was plentiful in the summer!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, place catfish fillets in buttermilk. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator 45 minutes.
  2. In a resealable plastic bag, mix cornmeal, onion salt, and steak seasoning. One at a time, drain catfish fillets and place in the bag to coat with the cornmeal mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry each fillet 7-10 minutes per side, or until exterior is lightly browned and flesh is easily flaked with a fork. Drain on paper towels.
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  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 28, 2007

I used tilapia, and substituted seafood seasoning for the steak seasoning. I would have incinerated the fish if I'd cooked as long as recommended--I think I cut cook time almost in half (just check the underside for color). This was so incredibly, amazingly good--the fish was mild and flaky, the crust crunchy and satisfying. Just season to your taste!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 29, 2004

Tasty! Fried mine in corn oil, and you definitely need to let it drain for a goodish while, or it is still pretty greasy.


17 Ratings

May 10, 2008

This was a very good recipe, but I have to agree with a previous reviewer on the time. About 2-3 minutes per side, tops! This is similiar to another catfish recipe that my family and I frequently cook made with mustard and corn meal. That reciep to follow. This is definitely a "keeper!" Nicely done!

Nov 28, 2007

Ahh the crust was so good. I used this crappy basa fish (basa is flavorless! but cheap, and all I had on hand), and didn't have cornmeal so instead used tempura flakes, which stuck better after an eggwash. Mmmmm. Way good. Also I didn't have buttermilk, so I found an alternative recipe using 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. So I don't know how the recipe is really SUPPOSED tot taste like, but my poorcollegestudent version had the most delicious crust ever! I would have never thought to use grill seasoning. So good!

Jun 03, 2003

Great ! The flavor is really savory.

Feb 08, 2012

This is delicious! I substituted olive oil for vegetable oil, Swai for catfish, and onion powder instead of onion salt. The fish was the best I have ever made.

Nov 20, 2006

Simply delicious. This is one of the best tasting catfish I have ever eaten.

Mar 12, 2004

I enjoyed this recipe. Its quick & easy and there are other seasonings that you can add to it to spruce it up even more! You have to be careful though. If you have some large fillets, you'll have to allow them to cook a little longer, but the recipe is great!


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  • Calories
  • 502 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.2 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 76 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 27 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 22.5 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 1744 mg
  • 70%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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