Rating: 4.5 stars
143 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 98
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3

This fried catfish recipe is a classic Southern dish traditionally served with buttermilk hush puppies and buttermilk coleslaw.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
30 mins


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix buttermilk, water, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour mixture into a flat pan large enough to hold fillets. Arrange fillets in a single layer in the pan, turning to coat each side. Set aside to marinate.

  • Combine cornmeal, flour, and seafood seasoning in a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add fillets to the bag, a few at a time, and tumble gently until evenly coated.

  • Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).

  • Fry fillets in hot oil until crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Work in batches to avoid overcrowding, so fillets have room to brown properly. Drain on paper towels.

Editor's Note

The nutritional analysis for this recipe reflects an estimated 10% of the oil for frying as well as the full amount of the coating and breading. Therefore, the values represented may not be accurate.

Nutrition Facts

1427 calories; protein 45.7g; carbohydrates 131.6g; fat 78.6g; cholesterol 145mg; sodium 799.9mg. Full Nutrition