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Crispy Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

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Fried Southern Catfish is extra crispy on the outside but tender and flaky on the inside!
Crispy Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

In my opinion, everything tastes better with a crunchy coating. Fish is one of those things that to me, tastes better with a crunchy coating! And boy is this fish crispy on the outside but tender and flaky on the inside. All it needs is a drizzle of lemon juice!

What Do I Need To Make Crispy Southern Fried Catfish?

To make this extra-crispy recipe, you need:

  • Catfish filets
  • Buttermilk
  • Egg
  • Brown mustard
  • Hot sauce
  • Cornmeal
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Dill
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Oil for flying

How Can I Make My Fried Catfish Extra Crispy?

To make this extra-crispy fried catfish recipe, follow these instructions:

  1. Make the batter by whisking the buttermilk, egg, mustard, and hot sauce together.
  2. Marinate the filets in the batter for at least 30 mins.
  3. Make the crispy coating: in a shallow dish mix together the cornmeal, paprika, cayenne pepper, dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Remove each filet from the marinade, shaking off the excess, place it in the dish with the breading, and coat it on both sides.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, fry the filets until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes on each side.

What Does Catfish Taste Like?

Catfish is a mild-tasting fish. Its texture is firm but flaky. It is low in calories and high in lean protein and healthy fats. Some people describe its flavor as being mild and “sweet”.

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Crispy Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

Crispy Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

Fried Southern Catfish is extra crispy on the outside but tender and flaky on the inside!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 411kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 catfish files
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • tsp Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Make the batter by whisking the buttermilk, egg, mustard, and hot sauce together.
  • Marinate the filets in the batter for at least 30 mins.
  • Make the crispy coating: in a shallow dish mix together the cornmeal, paprika, cayenne pepper, dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Remove each filet from the marinade, shaking off the excess, place it in the dish with the breading, and coat it on both sides.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, fry the filets until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes on each side.

Notes

  1. Remove the excess batter from the filets before breading them.
  2. The oil has to be hot before you place the filets in the skillet.
  3. Check the oil by dropping a few crumbs of breading into it. If they sizzle, the oil is ready for frying.
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Nutrition

Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 12g

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