Fried Catfish


Simply Recipes
20 mins (prep 10, cooking 10)
13 ingredients
4. servings
Please welcome Hank Shaw as he serves up a Southern classic—fried catfish. ~Elise Fried catfish is an icon of Southern cooking: For many, there simply isn’t any other way to prepare it. Arguments rage over whether it’s best deep-fried, battered, breaded with cornmeal, or even just simply dredged in flour. This, to my mind, is a healthy debate. Now I love a good beer batter, and some fish are best with that simple dredge of flour. But not catfish. Catfish need breading. Cornmeal breading. There’s something about a cornmeal crust that really sings with catfish. Maybe it’s the combination of a truly American fish with a truly American grain. This is a simple dish, but there are a few keys to good fried catfish: Hot oil, and the right breading. If you’ve ever had soggy, greasy catfish, it’s because the oil is too cold. You want it around 350 degrees. And use peanut oil if you can — it adds a lot of flavor. (Lard is even better… just sayin’.) For the breading, use fine, white cornmeal if you can find it. This, sadly, is not always easy outside the South. In the absence of fine, white cornmeal, use the regular stuff with a little flour. Unless it is finely ground, an all-cornmeal crust tastes gritty. As for seasoning, what we provided below is just what I like to use; you can use whatever seasoning you want, from your own concoction to Lawry’s to Zatarain’s, Old Bay or even just lemon pepper. Serve your catfish with whatever you want, but traditionally you’d want cole slaw and hush puppies, which, if you’ve never heard of them, are a fried cornmeal dumpling. Hot sauce on the side, too.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Serving Size (19.37 g)
Servings 4.
Amount per Serving
Calories 59.49 Calories from Fat 5.13
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.57g 3.48%
Saturated Fat 0.11g 2.12%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1.67mg 0.28%
Total Carbohydrate 12.64g 16.85%
Dietary Fiber 2.26 g 36.21%
Sugars 0.17 g %
Protein 2.37g 18.95%
Vitamin A 384.99IU% Vitamin C 0.21mg%
Calcium 15.03mg% Iron 0.9mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
 
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
catfish fillets, milk or buttermilk, fine cornmeal, oil for frying
 

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