Originally appearing in 1996, this staff favorite is rolled in cornmeal and fried to crunchy perfection. Fry in batches to prevent the oil temperature from dropping too low.
Yield: Makes 10 servings
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 cups self-rising yellow cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 10 (6- to 8-ounce) farm-raised catfish fillets
- Peanut oil
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a shallow dish; set aside.
- Stir together buttermilk and egg in a bowl; set aside.
- Combine cornmeal, garlic powder, and thyme in a zip-top freezer bag.
- 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.
- 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.
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