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This classic southern Fried Catfish recipe is dredged in perfectly seasoned and spiced cornmeal breading and fried until tender on the inside and crispy golden brown on the outside!! Serve up this delicious fish fry with my Fried Shrimp and serve with a side of lemon wedges, tartar sauce, and coleslaw for good measure!  If you love this catfish, try this tutorial on How To Fry Fish and these recipes for Oven-Fried Catfish and Fish and Chips!!


Since the beginning of the New Year, I’ve been going through quite the “fish phase”. Almost everyday I find myself craving tender, moist and flaky fillets of just about any seafood I can lay my hands on. I mean, what’s there to not like? It can be baked, sauteed, grilled and best of all, fried.

A Southern girl knows her fried fish: shrimp, snapper and catfish alike. I grew up attending church sponsored fish frys and watching my grandmother and family members dredge fillets in spicy-seasoned cornmeal. The fish was always served hot and crisp with just enough oil to coat your fingertips. Just how I like it.

Today’s recipe is the ultimate Southern Fried Catfish: a quintessential Southern recipe passed down from my Big Mama. Get ready for spicy, crunchy, salty fish that is begging to be served for dinner tonight!


°Half a cup of yellow cornmeal.

°¼ cup flour.

°1½ tsp salt.

°A tsp of black pepper.

°A tsp of cayenne pepper.

°A tsp of lemon juice.

°A tsp of paprika.

°2 eggs.

°2 teaspoons of sauce.

°500 g of catfish fillet.

°For the service, I used:

°Lemon wedges.

°Tartar sauce.


*To prepare:

Step 1:

To get started, integrate the cornmeal, flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and smoked paprika in a massive brown bag or ziplock bag and shake till properly combined.

Step 2:

In a deep pie plate or massive, shallow bowl, whisk collectively eggs and warm sauce till properly blended.

Step 3:

Next, you could upload every fillet to the crushed eggs and flip them over to cowl each sides, then switch them to the cornmeal breadcrumbs and shake vigorously to coat them properly with the breadcrumbs.

The fourth step:

Now, vicinity the slices at the baking tray that has been sprayed with cooking spray, and repeat the process with every slice.

Fifth step:

In this step, you want to allow the fish relaxation for 10 to fifteen mins withinside the refrigerator earlier than taking it out of the refrigerator.

Sixth step:

Next, you want to pour about four inches of oil right into a massive Dutch oven, saucepan, or deep skillet and warmth it over medium-excessive warmth till the temperature reaches approximately 340 degrees.

Seventh step:

Finally, fry the fillets in batches till golden brown, then put off from the pan and drain on cord racks or paper towels.

Step 8:

The closing step earlier than serving is to allow the fillets rest for five to ten mins with lemon juice and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Enjoy !

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