Skip to main content

Fish Recipe Deep Fried Catfish

Fish Recipe Deep Fried Catfish
Print Recipe

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.

Mix together:

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

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

In-Fisherman Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the In-Fisherman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top In-Fisherman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now