Fried Catfish Fillets Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 - 5


  • 8 to 10 small catfish fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings
  • Enough vegetable shortening to deep-fry (2 1/2 to 3 cups)
How to cook Fried Catfish Fillets:
  • Wash fish and pat dry. Lightly season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Combine seasoned salt and next 6 ingredients and mix well.
  • Dip fillets in eggs, then in cornmeal mixture. Place fillets on a wax paper covered plate and refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow cornmeal coating to set.
  • In a large, heavy frying pan, preferably cast iron, heat bacon drippings and shortening to 375°F (190°C). Oil is sufficiently hot when a haze forms above the oil and a drop of water can dance across the surface.
  • Deep-fry fish until golden brown, drain on paper towels, and serve immediately.
  • Excellent with slaw and Hush Puppy Patties (see the recipe below).

Hush Puppy Patties Recipe

Hush Puppy Patties Ingredients:

    Makes 12-15 patties

  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
How to cook Hush Puppy Patties:
  • Combine onion and dry ingredients, and set aside.
  • Beat together egg and milk, and then combine with dry ingredients.
  • Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large skillet to 375°F (190°C).
  • Drip batter by heaping spoonfuls into hot oil and fry until golden.


The Fried Catfish Fillets recipe easy to prepare and so good!

This recipe for Fried Catfish Fillets serves/makes: 4 - 5

The Fried Catfish Fillets recipe is adopted from The African-American Heritage Cookbook by Carolyn Quick Tillery - 1996.

Main Ingredient: Catfish (more Catfish recipes)
Preparation Method: Deep Fried (more Deep Fried recipes)

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