Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Yield
Makes 4 servings
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller 

How to Make It

Combine flour and 1 tsp. each salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Whisk together eggs and 2 Tbsp. water in another dish. Combine cornmeal, 1 tsp. salt, and remaining 1 tsp. pepper in a third dish. Sprinkle catfish with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Dredge fillets, 1 at a time, in flour mixture, shaking off excess; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess. Place on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches in a cast-iron Dutch oven. Heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Fry fillets, 2 at a time, in hot oil 6 minutes or until done. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Serve with Pickled Peppers.

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy, East Memphis, TN

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