Basic Deep-Fried Catfish Fillets With Hush Puppies

Basic Deep-Fried Catfish Fillets With Hush Puppies

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
656 Calories
32g Fat
55g Carbs
36g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 656
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 1408mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 258mg 20%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 807mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This catfish recipe uses a simple cornmeal coating. The fish is deep fried to perfection and served along with the optional hush puppies. 

The fried fish is kept warm in a 200 F oven while the hush puppies are fried. 

Ingredients

For the Catfish Fillets

  • 3 to 4 catfish fillets, about 1 to 1 1/4 pounds

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Corn oil, for deep-frying

For the Hush Puppies

  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal mix

  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten

  • 1 cup buttermilk (approximate)

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped

  • Dash of black pepper

Steps to Make It

Catfish

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    catfish ingredients

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  2. Place a rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Heat the oven to 200 F. Place a rack in a rimmed baking sheet.

    rack in a rimmed baking sheet

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  3. Cut each catfish fillet in half crosswise.

    Cut each catfish fillet in half crosswise

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  4. Combine the cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish.

    Combine the cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish

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  5. Dredge the fish fillets in the cornmeal, patting to make the cornmeal cling to the fillets.

    Dredge the fish fillets in the cornmeal

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  6. Drop the fillets in deep hot oil at about 370 F. Cook 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp and brown.

    catfish fried in a pot of oil, removed from oil

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  7. Remove to the rack in the baking pan and place in the preheated oven to keep warm while you fry the remaining catfish and the hush puppies.

    fried catfish on a rack in a rimmed baking sheet

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Hush Puppies

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Hush Puppies ingredients

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  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of self-rising cornmeal mix with the self-rising flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and sugar. Add the beaten egg and enough buttermilk to make a thick batter. We start with about 3/4 cup. The batter should drop slowly but easily from a spoon.

    egg, buttermilk, cornmeal and flour in a bowl

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  3. Add the green onion and freshly ground black pepper to the batter. 

    green onions and hushpuppy batter

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  4. Drop into the hot fat (see above) and fry for about 2 to 3 minutes, turning frequently or until golden brown.

    hush puppies frying in a pot of oil

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  5. Drain on paper towels and keep warm with the catfish while you finish frying the remaining hush puppies.

    hush puppies on a paper towel lined plate

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