Frying catfish at home is really easy–don’t be afraid! It’s actually a pretty quick meal to prepare and oh, so delicious! This crispy breading has seasonings that really bring out the flavor of the fish.
Catfish is really easy to make! This recipe offers methods for creating a crispy and crunchy outer coating with a mild, flavorful and flaky inside! Delicious!! First, soak the catfish in buttermilk for about 30 minutes; season it with a pinch of salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Meanwhile, prepare your cornmeal with the same seasonings. Beat a few eggs and place them in a shallow pan; place the seasoned cornmeal in a shallow pan.
Heat a heavy bottom skillet with oil. You’ll want to use an oil that can withstand high heat: vegetable, peanut or grapeseed. If you’re inclined, you can use Crisco shortening; the fish cooks up better with the lard, but it’s not very good for your arteries….
Once the skillet and oil are good and hot, throw in a few fillets. Do not move them. Let them cook until the underside is crispy golden brown…then flip the fillet. Wait another 5 minutes or so and move the cooked fillets to a plate covered with paper towels; allow the fillets to drain; cover with foil and make the next batch of fillets.
You can squeeze fresh lemon juice over the cooked fillets, or leave them and garnish with a slice of lemon. Accompaniments include tartar sauce, baked beans and coleslaw! No need to pay overpriced restaurant prices for something that is so easy to make! It just takes a little planning and preparation.