DH loves to fish, and when he brings home a "catch", this is the first recipe we go to, of coarse I have to quick grab the 1/2 cup of beer before he gets to it. You can add or delete the seasonings as your taste sees fit,Soaking in buttermilk, is the key to kicking the "fishy" taste, but this is an optional step. The original recipe comes from Ryan Newman. Prep time does not include chill time.
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1⁄4 cup cornstarch
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup beer (room temperature)
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 tablespoon garlic powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning (optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon oregano (dried-optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1⁄2 lb catfish fillet
- 1⁄3 cup buttermilk (optional, you can also use milk)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- vegetable oil
- In a medium bowl, combine flour,cornstarch & your choice of seasonings,baking powder,salt and pepper, whisk in beer & egg until smooth, cover & refrigerate 1-2 hours.
- Soak fillets in 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/3 cup buttermilk or milk (optional step).
- When ready to cook, in a deep skillet, heat oil (about 3" deep) to 375 degrees.
- Allow fillets to drip dry then lightly dab them with a paper towel to insure they are not wet, dip fillets in batter, lift strips with tongs, draining excess batter, then place catfish in oil several pieces at a time (do not over crowd fillets).
- Fry until well browned on all sides (about 3 min.), remove and drain on paper towels.