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    Southern Fried Catfish

    Southern Fried Catfish. Photo by Shawn C

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    20 mins

    5 mins

    15 mins

    Shawn C's Note:

    Almost all southern recipes are what is typically called soul food. My dad was a great cook, he often cooked for his soldiers while in the war in Vietnam. He loved cooking for crowds and I remember during the catfish tournaments he would help with frying all the catfish at the fish fry's. They would serve this along with huge pots of creamed corn- which I as a child helped to shuck fresh from the owners farm that day. Lots of watermellon and coleslaw, cucmber salads and all the summer picnic foods- WOW the memories that brings back.

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    1. 1
      wash and drain well fillets.
    2. 2
      season fillets with salt and pepper.
    3. 3
      mix eggs with lemon juice, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
    4. 4
      in a recatngluar type dish for dredging mix flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper.
    5. 5
      dip fillet in egg then flour making sure to get a really good coating on the fish, pat the flour in to get a good seal- if desired do it twice to get a heavy coating on.
    6. 6
      we use a long cast iron frying pan that covers two burners on the stove to fry but you can fry outside or in a deep fryer using peanut oil which withstands higher heats. heat your oil very hot.
    7. 7
      fry a few fillets at a tme until golden brown and let drain on paper towels or brown paper bags.
    8. 8
      serve with tartarsauce, lemon juice and hot sauce if sesired.

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    • on March 31, 2009


      Shawn, your memories serve you well. Mine go back to the early 40's and nothing has changed, except the availability of a bigger variety of off-the-shelf condiments. Our fish-fries were done in a huge cast iron kettle over a roaring fire in the back yard.. But the ingredients and process remains basically the same. I do prefer more cornmeal (yellow) than flour, paprika over Cayenne, milk along with the eggs for dredge, and also cut the fillets into 2 - 3 inch chunks. (They cook more thoroughly and provide more of that wonderful crunchy coating.) However you do it, this is one of those wonderful meals that folks remember forever. (There's a chance I could have tasted one of your dad's meals in the 'Nam days.') Keep on cookin'... Paul

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    Nutritional Facts for Southern Fried Catfish

    Serving Size: 1 (228 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 764.4
    Calories from Fat 290
    Total Fat 32.2 g
    Saturated Fat 7.7 g
    Cholesterol 371.3 mg
    Sodium 843.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 49.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 65.1 g

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