Pete's Catfish

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
6 large catfish fillets
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 quarts peanut oil

1. Put the catfish a shallow pan and cover with water. Add a tablespoon of the salt, cover with plastic wrap and soak overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Mix the cornmeal, flour, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and the black pepper in a plastic bag. Drain the water from the catfish and transfer the fillets one at a time to the bag with the cornmeal. Shake the bag to coat the fish and place on a sheet tray or platter.

3. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 150°C.

4. Drop a few fillets into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd. Cook the fish until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the pieces with a slotted spoon and keep warm in an oven while frying the remaining pieces.

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