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Deep-fried Catfish

Deep-fried catfish is a delicious and popular dish, particularly in Southern cuisine in the United States. The key to a great deep-fried catfish lies in the seasoning and the batter, which provides a crispy coating when fried. Here's a simple and tasty recipe for you to try:

  • 4-6 catfish fillets
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges and tartar sauce, for serving
  1. Prepare the Dry Mix:
    • In a shallow dish, combine flour, cornmeal, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  2. Prepare the Wet Mix:
    • In another shallow dish, beat the eggs and mix them with buttermilk.
  3. Prepare the Catfish:
    • Rinse the catfish fillets and pat them dry with paper towels. Season the fillets with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Dredge the Catfish:
    • Dip each fillet first in the wet mix, ensuring it's fully coated. Then, dredge it in the dry mix, pressing gently to coat well.
  5. Heat the Oil:
    • Fill a large skillet or deep fryer with enough vegetable oil to submerge the catfish fillets. Heat the oil to around 350°F (175°C).
  6. Fry the Catfish:
    • Once the oil is hot, carefully add the coated catfish fillets to the oil. Don't overcrowd the skillet/fryer.
    • Fry the catfish for about 5-7 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C).
  7. Drain and Serve:
    • Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the catfish from the oil. Drain on a wire rack or paper towels.
    • Serve hot with lemon wedges and tartar sauce. Coleslaw and hush puppies make great sides for this dish.
  • Ensure the oil temperature is correct; too hot, and the outside will burn before the inside is cooked; too low, and the fish will absorb too much oil and be greasy.
  • For extra flavor, you can add a teaspoon of your favorite seasoning blend to the dry mix.
  • If you prefer a thicker crust, you can double-dredge the fish by repeating the wet and dry coating process.

Enjoy your homemade deep-fried catfish! It's a comforting and flavorful meal that's perfect for gatherings or a family dinner.

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