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Pete's Catfish

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 12 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 12 hr
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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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 remaining1 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 300 degrees F.
  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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