Catfish Poppers With Spicy Dipping Sauce

Recipe by Dreamgoddess
READY IN: 30mins
YIELD: 45 poppers


  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1
    large egg
  • 14
    cup milk
  • 1 34
    lbs catfish fillets, cut in 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 12
    cups Japanese-style bread crumbs (panko)
  • 34
  • 14
    cup spicy seafood cocktail sauce
  • 2
    teaspoons lemon juice
  • 14
    teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 12
    teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (to taste)


  • Combine the salt, Cajun seasoning and flour in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • First dredge the fish in the flour, then dip in the eggs and finally dredge in the breadcrumbs.
  • Fry the catfish pieces in about 1/2" of oil heated to 375 degrees.
  • Fry about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  • Drain and serve with the Spicy Dipping Sauce.
  • Spicy Dipping Sauce: Combine the mayonnaise, cocktail sauce, lemon juice, red pepper and Old Bay in a bowl.
  • Chill, covered, until ready to serve with the poppers.