Prep 25 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
From Louis Osteen's Charlston Cuisine, Recipes from a Lowcountry Chef." His restaurant is Louis's in Charlston. This has buttermilk, flour, cornmeal, rice flour, beer, some spices and is fried in peanut oil. Can use 8 (4 oz. each) fillets or 4 (8 oz. each) fillets. You need 2 hours of marinating and then 3o minutes chilling so prepare accordingly. I can't wait to try this!
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3⁄4 cup beer, do NOT use dark beer
- 2 lbs catfish fillets, split down the middle
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup rice flour
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh ground black pepper
- peanut oil (for frying)
- Combine buttermilk and beer in a nonreactive bowl.
- Add the catfish fillets and refrigerate for 2 hours, BUT NO LONGER.
- Combine cornmeal, all-purpose flour, rice flour, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and mix well.
- Drain fillets and toss them lightly in the breading mixture to coat them.
- Place the breaded fillets in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and don't let the fillets touch. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
- On the stove, pour enough oil into a heavy skillet so that it is 2 inches deep and heat it so that it is 355 degrees F. on a frying thermometer.
- Carefully drop fillets in, 2 at a time and fry them for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until they are just golden.
- Remove the fillets with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain.
- Transfer the fillets to a platter and keep warm in the preheated oven until they are all fried.
- Work quickly so that they don't get overdone and serve immediately.