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Perfectly fried catfish fillets with hot sauce, lemon wedges and tartar sauce

Fried Catfish Recipe

This classic southern fried catfish recipe is dredged in a perfectly seasoned and spiced cornmeal breading and fried until golden brown and tender.
Course Main Course
Cuisine soul food, south, Southern
Keyword catfish, fish, fried recipe, seafood, seafood recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 136kcal


  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt up to 2 teaspoons/ taste the seasoned cornmeal and adjust
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 lb catfish fillets
  • lemon wedges, tartar sauce and hot sauce for serving


  • In a brown bag or ziploc bag, add cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon pepper, and paprika and shake together.
  • In a deep pie plate or large shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and hot sauce.
  • Add each filet into beaten eggs on both sides then add to the cornmeal breading and shake liberally to coat well. Place the fillet on the coated baking sheet. Repeat with each fillet.
  • Let fish set for about 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator then remove.
  • In a large dutch oven, pot or deep fryer, pour in about 4 inches of oil and heat over medium high heat until the temperature reaches approximately 340 degrees.
  • Working in batches, fry fillets until golden brown then remove and drain on racks or paper towels.
  • Cool for 5-10 minutes then serve with lemon and chopped parsley.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg