Quick Pan-Fried Catfish

Fish generally cooks 10 minutes per inch of thickness. If the catfish you buy is thicker, it will take longer to cook. Just lower the temperature slightly.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes


3/4 cup all-purpose baking mix
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
4 (4- to 6-ounce) catfish fillets
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Lemon wedges


Combine first 3 ingredients in a shallow bowl.

Pat catfish fillets dry with paper towels; brush both sides of each fillet evenly with Ranch dressing. Dredge in cornmeal mixture; lightly press cornmeal mixture onto fillets.

Cook catfish in hot vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until fish just flakes with a fork. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bisquick for all-purpose baking mix.

Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina,

Southern Living

July 2005
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