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Basic Deep Fried Catfish Fillets


 This catfish recipe uses a simple cornmeal coating. The fish is deep fried to perfection.

Serve this fish with hush puppies and coleslaw for a fabulous meal.


  • corn oil for deep-frying
  • 3 to 4 catfish fillets, about 1 to 1 1/4 pounds
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Cut each catfish fillet in half crosswise.

Combine the cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish.

Dredge the fish fillets in the cornmeal, patting to make the cornmeal cling to the fillets.

Drop the fillets in deep hot oil at about 370°. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until crisp and brown.

Serve with slaw, ketchup, and hush puppies.

Serves 4.

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