Southern Fried Mud Puppies W/Jalapeno Ranch Tartar Sauce #RSC

Recipe by Wildflour
READY IN: 40mins




  • For the tartar sauce: Stir all ingredients well in medium bowl, cover and chill.
  • For the catfish: Cut catfish into large bite-sized pieces ( 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches). In one pie dish, combine flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, dip mix, salt, cayenne and pepper. In second pie dish, whisk buttermilk with sriracha sauce. Set a cooling rack over one baking sheet. Line a second one with newspaper.
  • Heat oil in deep pot or dutch oven to 375 degrees. Adjust flame to keep at correct temperature.
  • Toss each catfish nugget into the buttermilk mixture with a fork, rest on fork over dish and let excess drip away, toss into flour mixture and coat, tossing with other hand. Place onto cooling rack to dry. (Double-dip if you prefer more breading.) Let all dry and rest for about 5 minutes before frying.
  • Fry a "test piece" for about 3-5 minutes til golden and fish is done in the middle. (Flakes when broken in half.) *Write down the time so you know how long to fry the rest. *This depends on what oil you are using, how hot your oil is and how thick your catfish fillets are. Every fish varies just a bit. ;) Fry about 8-10 pieces at a time *not overcrowding*. Place cooked fish onto newspaper-lined baking sheet as you go. (Keep warm in low oven if desired.) Serve just as is or transfer to a platter. Eat hot and enjoy with tartar sauce and lemon wedges!