Most every fisherman has their own simple fried catfish recipe. But for those who have never cooked a delicious plate of fried catfish, here is a simple and basic recipe for a great plate of Texas style fried fish, so let’s get started!
This recipe will work just as good on Bass, Crappie, or any other freshwater fish. These are the basic steps outlined for a a simple fried catfish recipe. I like to fillet my fish to avoid any bones while eating. The ingredients are simple;
1. Fish fillets in any quantity to get everybody fed!
2. Cornmeal and flour 1/2 cup each
3. Vegetable oil….enough to cover your skillet about 1 inch deep
4. Red or white potatoes for some homemade French Fries
5. Salt and pepper to taste and of course ketchup and tartar sauce.
While the oil is heating in the skillet, peel and cut your potatoes in thin strips about 1/4 inch square.
Drop the potato strips into the hot oil and cook those first as they take longer to cook than the fish. Usually around 15 minutes when they are floating on the surface of the oil and are golden brown, remove from the skillet and let them drain on a paper towel in a plate.
You will probably want to trim your raw fish fillets first of any undesirable parts and wash thoroughly in cold water.
Mix your flour and cornmeal together in a measuring cup or bowl and dredge each piece in the mixture right before you drop the fish into the skillet. After all of your fillets are in the skillet cooking in the hot oil, you can tell when they are fully cooked when they start to float, if the fillets are thin, usually about 4 or 5 minutes. Flip them over once or twice to cook evenly but don’t handle the fillets too much or they will fall apart in your skillet. Once the fillets are done take them out of the skillet and put on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Salt and pepper to taste while they are still wet so the spices will stick well to the cooked fillets.
If desired you can add a nice cold salad as a side dish before you sit down to one of the best meals that you’ve ever had! You’re welcome and enjoy folks!