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Classic Fried Catfish Recipe

Classic Fried Catfish

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"There's nothing like catfish, no-frills needed."

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  1. COMBINE first 5 ingredients in a large shallow dish. Sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt; dredge in cornmeal mixture, coating evenly.
  2. POUR oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a deep cast-iron skillet; heat to 350 degrees. Fry fish, in batches, 5 to 6 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.
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  • Reprinted with permission of Southern Living® magazine. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 17, 2003

This is very good and crunchy! I did add a dash or two of Emerils Essence. Make sure your catfish is dry before you coat it, and have the pan sizzling to insure a quick sear, and crusty outside.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 03, 2004

Classic maybe, however not much flavor. Seasonings go a long way including some cajun spices.


59 Ratings

Jan 03, 2004

Considering I'm just getting started in the kitchen. I'm amazed at the results. My husband and I barely made it to the table with the food after sampling it as we cooked!! We love catfish and this was some of the best we've EVER had (and we've had ALOT!!!)

May 30, 2003

Quick, easy, and very, very tasty. Gives a lot of good flavor and crunch.

Jul 17, 2003

Delicious! so crispy and tender. Thanks!

Jan 29, 2003

This is Delicious!! Every catfish lover should try it!

Jan 29, 2003

Very tasty and easy for a basic fried catfish recipe - as good, if not better, than any we've had at a restaurant! Will definitely make this again when I don't feel like spending lots of time in the kitchen...

May 13, 2003

I have never made fried fish and I was having 12 people over for dinner. I found this recipe and was praying it would be good. EVERYONE loved it !!!!


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