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

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.

Gingerbear May 06, 2002

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!

Susie in Texas July 26, 2002

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.

its_me_susan December 11, 2002