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fried catfish fillet laying in a red basket with hushpuppies, remoulade sauce and lemon wedge
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Southern Fried Catfish

This Southern fried catfish recipe only requires a few ingredients but produces crispy, crunchy, tasty results. Serve hot with hush puppies or fries.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Southern
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 199kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2 pounds cleaned catfish fillets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white self-rising cornmeal
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • A few dashes of hot sauce optional
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Lemon wedges optional


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F.
  • Season both sides of the fillets with salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow baking dish spread the cornmeal out in an even layer.
  • Break the egg into another shallow baking dish. Add the water and lightly beat the egg.
  • Dredge the fish fillets in the breadcrumbs.
  • Coat with the egg mixture.
  • Place the fillets back into the cornmeal and coat thoroughly.
  • Place the fillets in the hot oil a few at a time. Fry for 7-8 minutes until the cornmeal coating is golden brown and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Place cooked fish on paper towels or newspaper to drain.


Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.2mg