Big Daddy's Deep-Fried Catfish

Total Time:
23 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
8 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle amber beer
  • 4 (6-ounce) catfish fillets
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
Directions
  • Preheat a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.

  • In a large bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and cayenne and whisk to combine. Whisk in the beer, being sure to remove any lumps.

  • Cut the catfish fillets in half lengthwise to make 2 strips. If desired, cut into bite-sized pieces. In a small bowl add the salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Season the fillets with some of the salt mixture. Reserve the remaining salt mixture for another use.

  • Dip each strip in the beer batter and add to the fryer, a few at a time, moving them around so they don't stick. Fry until brown and crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the fryer to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining fillets and season the fish with lemon juice.


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