Fried Catfish


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Fried Catfish

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    Although catfish can be prepared in a variety of ways, frying it in a light, seasoned coating is the most traditional method. Serve with Chopped Hot-and-Sweet Coleslaw and our Homemade Tartar Sauce to round out this delicious meal.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 6
    2 lbs. Fish Market fresh farm-raised catfish fillets, ¾ to 1 in. thick
    Hy-Vee vegetable oil, for frying
    4 Hy-Vee large eggs, beaten
    3 c. Hy-Vee Italian seasoned bread crumbs
    2 Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    3 tbsp. Badia Andrew Zimmern Food Adventures citrus herb seasoning
    Coarsely ground Hy-Vee sea salt, to taste
    Homemade Tartar Sauce, for serving
    Chopped Hot-and-Sweet Coleslaw, for serving

    Things To Grab

    • Dutch oven
    • Wire rack
    • Large rimmed baking pan
    • Shallow, medium bowl
    • Paper towels


    1. Remove catfish from the refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking.

    2. Heat 2 in. oil to 375°F in a 5- to 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium heat. Place a wire rack in a large rimmed baking pan; set aside.

    3. Meanwhile, place beaten eggs, bread crumbs and flour each into a separate shallow medium bowl.

    4. Pat catfish dry with paper towels. Cut each fillet lengthwise in half to form strips; cut each strip crosswise in half. Season catfish pieces with citrus herb seasoning. Dust fillet pieces in flour. Then dip pieces, one at a time, in eggs; shake off excess. Coat with bread crumbs, gently pressing to adhere.

    5. Fry coated fish pieces in batches for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp and cooked through (145 degrees), turning halfway through. Drain on wire rack in baking pan. Season to taste with sea salt. Serve with tartar sauce and coleslaw.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Nutrition facts cannot be accurately calculated for fried foods.
      Hy-Vee Test Kitchen