Sorry for the delay in getting this Fried Catfish recipe to you. There was a kind of big thing happening yesterday. I take that back, it was a real big thing that happened yesterday. The Mr. and I celebrated our 36th anniversary. Yes, 36 years is a long time, but we made it, woo-hoo!! We went out for a very filling and yummy dinner. Our daughter in Dallas shipped us some of her fabulous desserts and Charisse put the finishing touches on them for us. As soon as I get the pictures edited I will share them with you. Ok, enough of our marital bliss, on to the recipe.
I think I told you about this wonderful entertaining book called, “the half-hour hostess.” This was the first recipe I’ve tried from it and I have my eyes on so many more. I’m not a fish or seafood lover, but it was a big hit with the family.
Canola oil instead of vegetable, season salt instead of regular and I added in some onion powder. The other change I made was to soak the fish overnight in buttermilk to help the seasoning soak in more.
1 cup plain yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp red pepper
½ tsp garlic and onion powder
2 ½ tsp season salt
2 cups buttermilk
Season catfish and place in bowl or Ziploc bag. Pour buttermilk on top of fish and move them around to make sure they’re covered. Refrigerate overnight or for at least an hour. Drain fish and dredge in cornmeal coating evenly. In a heavy bottom skillet; heat oil to 350°. Fry fillets in batches 5-6 minutes or until golden, and then drain on paper towels.
I served this with my husband’s yummy cornbread and coleslaw. The Mr. has been fine tuning his cornbread recipe and it’s wonderful. I’ve included the link that he found the recipe at and his modifications are below it.
Put a 1/3 of a stick of butter in the skillet and put it into the oven, I do this when I start mixing my ingredients. I use only half of the sugar recommended and 2 eggs, I find that the 2 eggs make it nice and light. When done mixing take the skillet out of the oven and pour the batter into the skillet, you should hear it sizzling. Cook the recommended time and you are done.
36 years ago I married the love of my life!