Fried Catfish Recipe

Fried Catfish is a delicious and popular dish that combines crispy, golden-brown coating with tender and flavorful catfish fillets. This Southern classic is known for its irresistible taste and satisfying crunch. The catfish is coated in a seasoned cornmeal mixture, then deep-fried to perfection. The result is a dish that is both comforting and indulgent. Whether enjoyed on its own or served with a side of creamy coleslaw and tartar sauce, fried catfish is sure to please seafood lovers and food enthusiasts alike. Discover the mouthwatering flavors of this beloved dish and bring a taste of the South to your table.

Recipe for Fried Catfish

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a shallow dish, combine the cornmeal, flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if desired), salt, and pepper.
  2. Dip each catfish fillet into the cornmeal mixture, making sure to coat both sides evenly.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  4. Carefully place the coated catfish fillets into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Remove the catfish from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess oil.
  6. Serve hot with your favorite side dishes and condiments.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 250
  • Total fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 20g