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AW’s Classic Fried Catfish

April 12, 2010

Prep (15 mins); Fry (6 mins per batch)

NOTE: For an extra crispy crust, use stone-ground yellow cornmeal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 catfish fillets (about 3 3/4 pounds)
  • vegetable oil

1. combine cornmeal, flour, red pepper, garlic powder and 2 teaspoons of salt in a large shallow dish. Sprinkle catfish fillets evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and dredge in combined mixture, coating evenly.

2. pour vegetable oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven (or deep fryer); heat to 350 degrees. Fry fillets in batches for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.

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