Southern Fried Catfish Nuggets

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 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. 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. In a large bowl beat egg with a fork, add buttermilk to it. Beat again to incorporate.
  3. In another big bowl put cornmeal and seasonings to taste.
  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. 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. 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.
Most Helpful

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!

LonghornMama July 25, 2011

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.

Bugeah September 06, 2009

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

mightyro_cooking4u May 03, 2009