Classic Fried Catfish

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 6 mins

From Southern Living Magazine, 1982. Excellent!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. COMBINE first 5 ingredients in a large shallow dish.
  2. Sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt; dredge in cornmeal mixture, coating evenly.
  3. POUR oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a deep cast-iron skillet; heat to 350 degrees;.
  4. Fry fish, in batches, 5 to 6 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.
Most Helpful

5 5

This is a great recipe. This one is a keeper. It was absolutly delicious. I added the salt to taste to the coating. We will be making this one for good. Thank you for posting it.

4 5

I have used this recipe for years! My only modification is that I use 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper instead of the 1 teaspoon red pepper. Also, because where we live in SE Texas, we are usually cooking fresh catfish, I soak the fish in buttermilk about 30 minutes before frying. This method may be used for catfish filets or frying whole, pansized catfish. Yummy!

5 5

This recipe was easy & delicious. I have never eaten or prepared catfish before, but I was impressed with this recipe. *** I dipped in milk first.