Prep Time15minutes minutes
Cook Time20minutes minutes
▢4 to 6 catfish fillets (1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
▢1 cup buttermilk
▢3/4 cup plain cornmeal
▢1/2 cup all-purpose flour
▢3 teaspoons garlic powder
▢3 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
▢vegetable or peanut oil for frying
▢Rinse catfish fillets under cool water and lightly pat dry. Add the buttermilk to a shallow dish and coat the fillets in the buttermilk; set aside.
▢In a shallow bowl stir together the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, and lemon-pepper seasoning. Allow excess buttermilk to drip off each filet then coat in the breading mixture, pressing lightly to ensure a thick crust. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
▢Pour the oil into a deep cast-iron skillet to a little less than halfway full. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until the oil reaches about 350°F.
▢Fry in batches for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Serve immediately with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and my Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce.
Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce: https://southernbite.com/dill-pickle-tartar-sauce/
To keep warm, place on a wire rack on a large baking sheet and keep in a warm oven.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.