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Crispy Fried Catfish

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Fried Catfish With Tartar Sauce

Fried Catfish With Tartar Sauce

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  • 6 catfish fillets, about 6 to 8 ounces each
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 10 to 12 slices bacon


Clean, wash and dry fish. Combine milk, salt and pepper in a bowl. In a pie plate or shallow dish, combine flour, cornmeal and paprika. Dip fish in milk mixture then roll in flour and cornmeal mixture. Fry bacon in a heavy skillet until crisp. Remove bacon, leaving bacon drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels. Fry fish in hot drippings for about 4 minutes. Turn carefully with a spatula and fry for 4 to 6 minutes longer, or until fish flakes easily with a fork and is browned. Drain on paper towels. Serve with bacon or save bacon for another use. Serve with hush puppies and coleslaw, if desired.
Serves 6.

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 3 out of 5
Fried Catfish, Member VillageGradener

This was a very easy recipe to prepare. This was my first time trying farm raised catfish. I had always remembered the catfish caught in our local river when I was a boy and it never tasted very good at all. However, I like this fish. It was nice and moist but very crispy on the outside. It flaked very easily after frying. The mashed potatos and peas with mushrooms served with the fish made a nice compliment..

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