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Fried catfish on a cutting board
Crispy Southern Fried Catfish
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Simple is best, and this Southern Fried Catfish is no exception. The easy dinner recipe only requires a handful of pantry staples and it's ready in less than 20 minutes!!!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: fish recipe, fried catfish, fried fish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 222 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 4 catfish fillets (about 3-4 ounces each)
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt (I use Lawry's brand)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Lemon slices for garnish
  1. Combine cornmeal, seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.
  2. Pour milk into a separate dish.
  3. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Dip a catfish fillet in the milk, and shake off any excess.
  5. Transfer milk-soaked fish to the cornmeal mixture and gently roll to coat on both sides.
  6. Repeat with remaining fillets.
  7. Place fish in the hot skillet and cook until golden brown on each side (about 5-7 minutes per side). The fish will flake easily with a fork when it’s done.
  8. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to cook the fish in batches.  Don't overcrowd the skillet! Feel free to wipe out the pan and use additional butter/oil, as necessary, for subsequent batches.
  9. Drain fish on paper towels.
  10. Serve warm, garnished with chopped fresh parsley and a lemon wedge, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Southern Fried Catfish
Amount Per Serving (1 (4 ounce) fillet)
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 142
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.8g24%
Saturated Fat 4.1g26%
Cholesterol 36.7mg12%
Sodium 659.3mg29%
Carbohydrates 5.9g2%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 14.7g29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.