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Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

Southern Fried Catfish is an iconic southern fish recipe. Made of a few simple ingredients, fried catfish makes a family favorite tradition!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 4-6 whole catfish or catfish filets cleaned
  • 1 quart peanut oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Rinse catfish and pat dry with paper towels. Pour peanut oil into 5-quart Dutch oven and heat to 350ยบ F on a deep fry thermometer. While peanut oil is heating, whisk together flour, cornmeal, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper until well-combined. Lightly coat both sides of catfish into flour mixture and then carefully place into Dutch oven, frying only two at a time, until lightly browned, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from Dutch oven and place onto a paper towel lined plate to drain. Serve immediately.