Southern Fried Catfish with Hushpuppies


Culinary Explorer
Howdy, y'all! Today, I'm thrilled to share a beloved Southern dish that's sure to satisfy your cravings for down-home comfort food – Southern Fried Catfish with Hushpuppies! Picture this: golden-brown, crispy catfish fillets paired with perfectly seasoned hushpuppies, hot out of the fryer and ready to be devoured. So grab your apron and let's get frying!


For the Southern Fried Catfish:
  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
For the Hushpuppies:
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. Start by preparing the Southern Fried Catfish. In a shallow dish, mix together the cornmeal, flour, Cajun seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Dredge each catfish fillet in the cornmeal mixture, making sure to coat it evenly. Shake off any excess coating and place the fillets on a plate.
  3. In a large skillet, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.
  4. Carefully add the catfish fillets to the hot oil, cooking them in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the skillet. Fry the fillets for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  5. While the catfish is frying, prepare the Hushpuppies. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  6. Stir in the diced onion, bell pepper, and green onions until evenly distributed.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk together the beaten egg and buttermilk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  8. In the same skillet used for frying the catfish (or a separate skillet if preferred), heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil over medium heat.
  9. Drop spoonfuls of the hushpuppy batter into the hot oil, frying them in batches until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the hushpuppies to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  10. Serve the Southern Fried Catfish and Hushpuppies hot, with your favorite tartar sauce or remoulade on the side for dipping. Enjoy the crispy, flavorful goodness of this classic Southern duo!
Get ready to experience a taste of the South with this mouthwatering Southern Fried Catfish with Hushpuppies recipe. It's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that'll have everyone asking for seconds!
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