Southern-Style Fried Catfish

serve with sweet potato fries if entertaining (or at least that's what I'd do)

serve with sweet potato fries if entertaining (or at least that’s what I’d do)

If you’re paleo/primal/gluten-free, then it’s best you look away now.

This is not for you.

Nope, this is for my fried-catfish-loving husband. Although my belly is not a huge fan of corn (or fried food), it makes an exception now and then for hubs.

I figure that if I cook it for him at home (with good quality, organic cornmeal) then he won’t go onto the streets, scavenging for it like a hopeless junkie.

hubs would fry every meal if he could

hubs would fry every meal if he could

Also if there’s one thing these three years of marriage have taught me, it’s that sometimes you need to compromise.

And so we both enjoyed this cornmeal coated catfish, but don’t worry – normal service will resume next week.

Have a good weekend y’all!

Southern-Style Fried Catfish (serves 2)

  • 2 catfish fillets
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 1/4 cup duck fat (or coconut oil – you need an oil with a high smoke point)
  1. Whisk the egg together with the milk.
  2. Stir the paprika into the cornmeal and liberally season.
  3. Drop the catfish into the egg and milk mixture, then dredge in the cornmeal making sure it is fully coated.
  4. Heat the oil over a high heat. Carefully add the fish and fry 2-3 minutes each side until brown. Serve with tartar sauce and eat immediately.

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9 thoughts on “Southern-Style Fried Catfish

  1. Hahahaa…. I am definitely not paleo/primal/gf so I am DROOLING right now! This looks absolutely delicious. I’ve never eaten catfish either but I want to right now. That golden coating is a beautiful thing x

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  3. To be clear, in order to serve that southern style, it has to be in large – make that unending quantities which requires you to invite over many, many friends. It must always be accompanied by fried okra, iced tea or lemonade and a cool cole slaw, followed up by a ridiculously sweet slice of pie late in the night with some black coffee, to keep the conversation flowing.
    As far as frying, try adding just a bit of rice flour to your dredging mix to crisp up the fish even better – old Arkansas trick.

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