A good southern fish fry has always been a quick and easy way to get friends and family together. Catfish is usually the first item on the table to go! It’s great with homemade French fries, hushpuppies or maybe you’d enjoy it with a little coleslaw. Either way, catfish has always been on the VIP list of things to grab when the food hits the table.
Unfortunately some people haven't had the pleasure of tasting this mouth-watering fish or have been reluctant due to its reputation as a bottom feeder. Don’t let this discourage you from experiencing the southern classic. Better yet, make it a party and host a fish fry before the summer’s over with this easy recipe.
Southern Fried Catfish
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
6 catfish fillets or whole dressed catfish
Combine flour, yellow cornmeal, pepper and salt. In a separate bowl, mix eggs and buttermilk well. Next, soak catfish fillets in buttermilk-egg mixture for 5 minutes. Coat catfish with the flour mixture and shake off any excess. Fill deep pot or 12-inch skillet half full with oil and heat to 350 degrees. Add catfish and fry until golden brown. Depending on size, this should take 5 to 6 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels.