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    Southern Fried Catfish Nuggets

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    Jessica K's Note:

    This is the only way I've ever had catfish. I can't stand to eat it fried in restaurants, it tastes muddy to me, but I can eat it this way.

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    • 1 -2 lb catfish nuggets
    • 1 egg
    • 2 cups buttermilk (can use regular or lowfat milk)
    • 3 cups cornmeal
    • salt and pepper (other seasonings you want)
    • oil


    1. 1
      Put oil in a skillet until it is halfway up or you can use a deep fryer, a deep fryer is actually best for these. Heat until hot or if using skillet use medium high heat.
    2. 2
      In a large bowl beat egg with a fork, add buttermilk to it. Beat again to incorporate.
    3. 3
      In another big bowl put cornmeal and seasonings to taste.
    4. 4
      Rinse nuggets and dip into milk mixture, depending on how many you have you could probably fit them all in at one time.
    5. 5
      Take a few out of the milk and dip in to the cornmeal, roll around to get it coated good, then put into oil.
    6. 6
      If using skillet put them in until skillet is full. fry 3 minutes, turn and fry another 2-3 minutes. If using a deep fryer fry 5 minutes, about halfway through stir them around to break up any that might have clumped together. They are done when golden brown and flake easily with a fork.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 25, 2011


      Yummy! Nice and crispy. Cut more than 2 pounds of catfish fillets into smaller chunks, and this was the perfect amount of coating. Added 2 t Paula Deen's House Seasoning Mix and 1/2 t seafood magic to the cornmeal. Used a deep fryer at 340 degrees. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • on September 06, 2009


      I made these for dinner tonight and all the kids and my husband loved them! Even our super picky 3 year old ate them all up. For my husband and I, I added some cajun seasoning to add a little kick. I found that I only needed about half the milk and cornmeal that was called for and I had 3 lbs. of catfish.

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    • on May 03, 2009


      This was wonderful! It was crispy and tender. I will make these again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Southern Fried Catfish Nuggets

    Serving Size: 1 (226 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 426.5
    Calories from Fat 88
    Total Fat 9.8 g
    Saturated Fat 2.4 g
    Cholesterol 91.0 mg
    Sodium 231.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 61.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
    Sugars 5.2 g
    Protein 24.2 g

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