Makes 10 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 4 ingredients in a shallow dish; set aside.

Step 2

Stir together buttermilk and egg in a bowl; set aside.

Step 3

Combine cornmeal, garlic powder, and thyme in a zip-top freezer bag.

Step 4

Dredge catfish in flour mixture, and dip in buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Place catfish in cornmeal mixture; seal bag, and shake to coat.

Step 5

Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 360°. Fry catfish, in batches, 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on wire racks over paper towels, and serve immediately.

Front Porch Restaurant, Yellville, Arkansas

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