Deep-Fried (or Sautéed) Catfish with Chili Cornmeal Crust, and Sweet Pepper, Corn, & Bacon Relish
The sweet pepper, corn, and bacon relish is a classic with any fried fish, particularly during summer when corn and peppers are ripe and super-sweet.
To serve two . . .
1/2 c. cornmeal
1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. chili powder
salt and pepper
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
2 fillets, about 8 oz. each, rinsed in cold water and patted dry
2 tbsp. vegetable oil or bacon fat, or an inch of oil in a deeper pan for deep-frying
» Combine the cornmeal, flour, chili powder, salt and pepper. Dip each fillet in lemon juice then in the cornmeal mixture, carefully dusting each side of the fillets.
» Heat the fat in a heavy-bottomed skillet until it just starts to smoke. Put the fillets in the fat and cook about 5 minutes until golden brown.
» Turn the fillets and continue to cook about 4 minutes on the other side. If deep-frying, cook the fillets without turning, about 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
» Remove the fish to a plate and garnish with the warm sweet relish or the horseradish sauce.
Sweet Pepper, Corn, & Bacon Relish€¦
3 slices bacon, finely diced
1/2 each green, red, and yellow bell peppers, seeded and diced, about 2 c. total
1 small red onion, diced
2 ears fresh corn (slice kernels off cobs), about 2 c.
1 tbsp. fresh thyme
1 tbsp. fresh chives
salt and pepper to taste
Cook's Tip: In colder months, when we can't get fresh sweetcorn, this Horseradish Sour Cream Sauce is a good complement to fried
catfish. It also makes a fine dipping sauce for the Beer Batter Fish
Fry. And it's good with potatoes, baked or deep-fried.
» Place the bacon in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook until the fat starts to render and the bacon gets crispy.
» Immediately add the peppers, onion, and corn. Cook over high heat stirring constantly, until the veggies are crispy and warmed through.
» Add the herbs and taste for final seasoning.
Horseradish Sour Cream Sauce€¦
Another simple sauce for any sautéed or deep-fried fish.
1 c. sour cream
2 heaping tbsp. prepared horseradish
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. fresh chives or parsley, chopped
Fish Recipe Deep Fried Catfish