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How To Fry Catfish


Though catfish can be prepared many different ways, fried is by far the favorite of most Southerners.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Wash four catfish fillets with cold water.
  2. Melt shortening in a large iron skillet. It should be about 1/2 inch deep.
  3. In a shallow, wide bowl, combine 1/4 cup of flour and 1 cup of white cornmeal.
  4. Season the fillets with salt and pepper then roll in the cornmeal mixture to coat well; gently shake off excess.
  5. When the fat is hot but not smoking (about 375 degrees F.), carefully lay the fillets in the skillet.
  6. Fry until crisp and browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Turn carefully and fry the other side.
  7. Lift out and drain on paper towels.
  8. Serve with hush puppies and lemon wedges, tartar sauce, or sauce of your choice.


  1. To make a thicker coating, beat 2 eggs in a shallow bowl. Dip coated fillets in the beaten eggs then roll in the cornmeal mixture again.
  2. For spicier catfish, season with Cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper along with the salt and pepper.

What You Need

  • heavy skillet
  • 4 catfish fillets
  • shortening
  • shallow bowl for dredging
  • 1/4 cup flour

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