Deep-Fried Catfish

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Yields: 6 Servings

Deep-frying seafood is still quite common in the South. High quality vegetable or peanut oil should be used. Corn flour is a double-ground yellow cornmeal that can be found in the gourmet section of most food stores, possibly sold as a pre-packaged fish fry.

Ingredients for Batter:

1 egg
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup yellow mustard
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
granulated garlic to taste
Louisiana hot sauce to taste


In a 1-quart mixing bowl, blend all ingredients. Set aside

Ingredients for Frying:

3 pounds catfish fillets
vegetable oil for deep frying
4 cups seasoned cornmeal
granulated garlic to taste
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste


Using a cast iron pot or home-style deep fryer such as a FryDaddy, heat oil to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, season cornmeal if necessary with granulated garlic, salt and peppers. Dip catfish in egg batter and then in seasoned fish fry, shaking off excess. Fry a few pieces at a time until golden brown and beginning to float. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove fish from oil and set on paper towels to drain. Continue until all fillets are done. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce such as tartar sauce or cocktail sauce.