Place catfish and buttermilk in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal and chill 1 hour. Remove catfish from buttermilk, discarding buttermilk.
Combine pecans and next 4 ingredients in a shallow bowl. Dip fish in eggs; dredge in pecan mixture, shaking off excess. Arrange on a baking sheet. Pour oil to depth of 1 1/2 inches into a cast-iron Dutch oven or 12-inch (2 1/4-inch-deep) cast-iron skillet; heat to 350°. Fry fish, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and fish flakes with a fork. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Serve with Pickled Okra Salsa.
Note: We tested with Zatarain's Creole Seasoning.
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Parmesan-Pecan Fried Chicken: Substitute 2 lb. chicken breast tenders for catfish. Fry 3 minutes or until done.
Made the catfish for dinner tonight. My husband and I both really liked it. Will definetly make it again and plan to share the recipe with my sister. I did cook the catfish longer than the recipe says but didn't have any trouble with the coating adhering to the fish.
Two issues I have with this recipe. First, ground pecan coating doesn't adhere well to the fish, either initially or upon turning the fish over in the frying pan. Second, I had to cook the fish well beyond the cook time of 2-3 minutes. At least twice as long.
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