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My wife found this recipe at www.catfish.com about 10 years ago, and we haven't fixed it any other way since. This is about as simple as it gets.
- Rinse fillets, and pat dry.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a shallow dish.
- Dredge catfish in flour cornmeal mixture, pressing on breading so it adheres to fish, and place on waxed paper.
- Fry catfish in a large skillet in about 1/4" of hot oil (about 350 degrees F) until golden brown on both sides, about 6-8 minutes total.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.