Will's Spicy New Orleans Catfish Fries

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Discovered this recipe while I was a consultant to one of the long time landmark New Orleans restaurants 20 years ago. It's still my all-time favorite catfish recipe and I have closely guarded the recipe till now. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I have.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Additional Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 ounce) fillet frozen catfish

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • ½ cup corn flour

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 quart oil for frying

Directions

  1. Lay catfish fillet horizontally on cutting board. Cut thin 1/4 inch wide strips from the filet at a 45 degree angle. This is easy if your knife is sharp, and the filet is partly frozen.

  2. Dust fish strips moderately with cayenne pepper, and gently tumble together to evenly coat all strips. They should look pink all over when you are through. On the Bayou, this is called a dry marinade. Place catfish strips on a plate or pan, and set aside for a few minutes to thaw.

  3. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Place enough corn flour to bread your catfish on a bowl or plate, and season with salt and black pepper.

  4. Place thawed catfish into seasoned corn flour, and tumble gently until all strips are evenly coated. Deep fry in hot oil for about 3 minutes, or until done. Fish should be golden brown, slightly crisp outside, and moist and flaky inside when done.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
15g Fat
35g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 418mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.