Catfish Simply Pan-fried

I seldom fry foods any more, but last night, we were hungry for some fried catfish.

To me, the perfect fried catfish has one essential ingredient ~ cornmeal.  It adds great texture and crunch.  However, Bill disagrees and tends to prefer catfish dusted with flour.  This time, we met in the middle and I used a coating of half cornmeal, half flour.  The catfish was delicious and made us both happy!

I like the distinct taste of catfish, and if only I had some hush puppies…

Pan-fried Catfish


4 catfish fillets
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Vegetable oil


In a large bowl, soak catfish in enough buttermilk to cover, for one hour and drain well.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
Pour oil in a cast-iron skillet heat until oil is hot.
Dredge fish in flour mixture.
Gently place fillets in hot oil.
Pan-fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and fish is flaky.
Fry the fish in batches, adding more oil if necessary, until done.
Remove from oil and drain on paper towel-lined plate.
Serve hot with tartar sauce.

Simply delicious!!!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes! 


  1. My very first catfish came right out of the Mississippi River back about 30 years. I've been hooked ever since.

  2. However you "dress" catfish, I like it! Our favorite Thai restaurant does catfish with a delicious sauce that contains sweet and mildly hot peppers. The sauce also has a sweetness to it. First they fry the fish until the outside is crisp. Delicious! My southern mother would side with you on the cornmeal.

    I'm off to turn my face to the sun before it disappears. Have a good weekend.


  3. Pam, Those catfish filets are just terrific looking! My mouth is watering... Thanks for the recipe. I just hope that our efforts turn out as beautiful as yours did! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Sandie at Chatty Chrone's directed me here and I'm so glad. We love catfish and we fix it with the same breading, both cornmeal and flour.
    However, I need to use your trick of soaking it in buttermilk first. Can't wait to try it that way.
    Thanks for the tip.

  5. Se ve estupendo, que bueno.


  6. I like to use part flour, part cornmeal, too. Bet this was great!

  7. Great compromise. Your catfish looks perfect!

  8. Oh yes,,fried catfish. Brings back memories of my childhood in Iowa.

  9. the way how you did with the catfish. Normally, the Malaysian will use it to make black bean soup or flour coated to deep fried.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  10. Oh...and some even used it to make curry. Slurpppp...

  11. I just had real fried catfish for the first time a couple of months ago, I have been craving it ever since. This looks delicious!

  12. It's just darn hard to beat catfish breaded with meal and pan fried.

  13. Sounds like a good compromise and looks like a delicious meal!

  14. I'm with you on the cornmeal!

  15. Dear Pam, That looks very delicious.
    I like a good piece of fried fish.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  16. After trying several different combinations for the coating, I do the half and half also! We love our catfish here at the Compound. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.


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