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How to Make Southern Fried Catfish

This southern fried catfish recipe is super simple to make and takes only a few minutes.

In the south, when you fry catfish, it’s pretty much ALWAYS in a cornmeal breading. My son actually came up with this recipe after he caught his first catfish. I think it turned out delicious!

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Southern Fried Catfish Recipe


  • 2 pounds catfish filets or nuggets
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Canola oil for frying


  • Place catfish filets or nuggets into a plastic zipper bag.
  • Add seasonings to bag and zip closed. Gently roll the fish around in the seasonings to coat evenly.
  • Place bag in refrigerator and allow to sit for 1-4 hours to absorb flavor.
  • Place cornmeal and flour in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to cornmeal mixture.
  • Remove catfish from bag and dip in cornmeal. Shake off excess.
  • Add about ¼ inch of canola oil to a frying pan and heat over medium-high heat until bubbling slightly. (About 375° F)
  • Lay fillets or nuggets into hot oil, making sure to lay them AWAY from you to avoid splattering. Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side or until the fish has lost all translucence in the center.


Serves about 4-6 people.

Written by Pauline

I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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