Makes 4 servings

Novelist John Grisham says this is his favorite catfish recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine eggs and milk, stirring until well blended.

Step 2

Combine flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge fillets in flour mixture; dip in milk mixture, and dredge again in flour mixture.

Step 3

Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 360°. Fry fillets 6 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels. Keep warm.

Step 4

Peel fresh shrimp, and devein,if desired.

Step 5

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add shrimp and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp, reserving drippings in skillet.

Step 6

Stir vermouth into reserved drippings; bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute. Add whipping cream, 2 tablespoons green onions, lemon juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 to 2 teaspoons ground red pepper; cook, stirring often, 12 to 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

Step 7

Place catfish on a serving plate; drizzle with sauce. Top with shrimp and ham; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons green onions. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Great dish!

August 17, 2015
This is delicious!  All I serve it to, which are all foodies, think this is the best.

phillodoe's Review

January 26, 2009
I'm not sure what caught John's attention here. This is a bland dish that I can't really imagine being saved by modifications. There are simply better catfish dishes around. The only change I made was substitution of a dry white wine for Vermouth which was unavoidable and I can't imagine that making a difference.