Southern Fried Catfish Nuggets

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Jessica K

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.

Top Review by LonghornMama

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 Recipe #57340 and 1/2 t seafood magic to the cornmeal. Used a deep fryer at 340 degrees. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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.

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