Fried Catfish fillets Recipe

Fried Catfish fillets Recipe

Fried catfish is a popular Southern dish known for its crispy coating and tender fish.

Fried Catfish Recipe


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 4 catfish fillets (8 ounces each), skins and bones removed, rinsed and patted dry
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • Remoulade Sauce, for dipping (recipe follows)

Remoulade Sauce:

  • Ingredients (example): mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, pickle relish, hot sauce, lemon juice, salt, and pepper


  1. Preheat a deep fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) or heat peanut oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot or skillet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the yellow cornmeal, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk and hot sauce.
  4. Season the catfish fillets with salt and pepper.
  5. Dip each fillet into the buttermilk mixture, allowing the excess to drip off.
  6. Dredge the catfish fillets in the cornmeal and spice mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  7. Carefully place the coated catfish fillets into the hot oil, frying them for about 4 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
  8. Once fried, transfer the catfish fillets to a paper towel-lined sheet tray to drain excess oil.
  9. Season the fried catfish fillets with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve the fried catfish hot with Remoulade Sauce for dipping.

Additional Information:

  • Cooking oil: Peanut oil is commonly used for frying catfish due to its high smoke point and mild flavor. However, you can use other suitable frying oils as well.
  • Remoulade Sauce: Prepare the Remoulade Sauce separately using ingredients like mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, pickle relish, hot sauce, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Adjust the quantities and ingredients based on your preferred recipe.
  • Serving suggestions: Serve the fried catfish with sides like coleslaw, hush puppies, or French fries for a classic Southern meal.

Note: Ensure the catfish fillets are fully cooked and reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for safe consumption.

Enjoy your crispy and flavorful fried catfish with the delicious Remoulade Sauce!


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