Cajun Compromise Catfish


A fast, tasty, spicy fried fish recipe which can be adjusted to suit the cook's (or diner's) preference. I call it Cajun Compromise because the spice level is the result of a compromise between my wife and I. It can be served with tartar sauce for the timid, or hot sauce for the not-so-timid. Great for appetizers or a main dish.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
4 servings


  • 2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into 2 inch pieces

  • 1 cup milk, or as needed

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup cornmeal

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard

  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

  • 1 dash pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®) (Optional)

  • ¼ cup oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Soak the fish pieces in milk for at least 30 minutes.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and hot pepper sauce. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, pepper, mustard and Cajun seasoning. Dip fish pieces into the dry mixture, then into the egg, then back into the dry mix. Set on a plate in the refrigerator and chill for about 15 minutes. This will help the batter stick to the fish.

  3. Heat more than enough oil to cover the bottom of a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Fry fish pieces for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Depending on how much and what kind of Cajun seasoning you used, some of the breading may get darker than the rest.

  4. Drain the fish on paper towels and serve with hot sauce or tartar sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

448 Calories
22g Fat
18g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 448
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 877mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 866mg 18%

* 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.

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