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Breaded Catfish

Here's a simple and delicious recipe for breaded catfish:

  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (plain or seasoned)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for added heat)
  • Cooking oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  1. Prepare Breading Station:
    • Set up a breading station with three shallow dishes. In the first dish, place the flour. In the second dish, beat the eggs. In the third dish, mix the breadcrumbs with salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Dredge the Catfish:
    • Pat the catfish fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
    • Dredge each fillet in the flour, shaking off any excess.
    • Dip the floured fillet into the beaten eggs, ensuring it's well coated.
    • Place the fillet in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the breadcrumbs onto the fillet to adhere.
  3. Repeat for Double Coating (Optional):
    • For an extra crispy coating, you can repeat the process by dipping the fillet back into the beaten eggs and then into the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Heat Oil for Frying:
    • In a large skillet, heat cooking oil over medium-high heat. There should be enough oil to submerge the catfish fillets halfway.
  5. Fry the Catfish:
    • Carefully place the breaded catfish fillets into the hot oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes per side or until the coating is golden brown and the fish is cooked through. The internal temperature of the catfish should reach 145°F (63°C).
  6. Drain and Serve:
    • Once the catfish is golden and crispy, use a slotted spoon to remove it from the oil. Place the fillets on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  7. Serve with Lemon Wedges:
    • Serve the breaded catfish hot, garnished with lemon wedges. The lemon adds a bright, citrusy flavor that complements the crispy coating.
  8. Optional: Tartar Sauce or Remoulade:
    • Consider serving the breaded catfish with tartar sauce or remoulade on the side for dipping.

Enjoy your crispy and flavorful breaded catfish! This recipe pairs well with sides like coleslaw, hushpuppies, or seasoned fries. 

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