Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
4 Mins
Other Time
8 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together milk and hot sauce. Place catfish fillets in a single layer in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; cover with milk mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours, turning once.

Step 2

Combine cornmeal and next 5 ingredients in a shallow dish, and set aside.

Step 3

Let catfish fillets stand at room temperature in milk mixture in baking dish 10 minutes. Remove fillets from milk mixture, allowing excess to drip off.

Step 4

Dredge catfish fillets in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess.

Step 5

Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large, deep cast-iron or heavy-duty skillet; heat to 360°. Fry fillets, in batches, 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack on a paper towel-lined jellyroll pan. Keep warm in a 225° oven until ready to serve.

Ratings & Reviews

steponme's Review

January 01, 2012
All I can say is... perfect fish fry!

GAFoodLover's Review

January 20, 2011
Great idea to soak the catfish in milk and hot sauce overnight. Very good recipe for a southern standby.

serafine23's Review

February 24, 2010