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Fried Catfish, printbox.

Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


Fried catfish is a real Southern favorite. Whether you catch your own, or buy them farm raised, they taste amazing.



1 lb. Catfish filets
1 cup Self-Rising Flour
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cooking oil for frying. Canola or Peanut oil are best.


Add cooking oil to about one inch depth in a cast iron skillet.
Place skillet over Medium heat, bring oil to 350F degrees for frying.
Rinse filets under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels.
Sprinkle salt on both sides.
Sprinkle black pepper on both sides.
Place the filet in flour and fully coat both sides. Shake off any excess.
Carefully lower the filet into the hot oil.
Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until bottom side is golden brown.
Flip filet over and cook another 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oil. Place on wire rack to drain.


Works well with most fish. Flounder, whiting, etc.

Keywords: southern, fried, catfish, flour, calabash style, lightly battered, lightly fried