Catfish Fry

2 lb catfish filets*, cut in half length-wise
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 flour
1 tablespoon Old Bay
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
1 teaspoon celery seed
juice of one lemon
oil for frying


Place fish in a shallow bowl, squeeze lemon juice over the fish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. On a plate, mix together flour, cornmeal, Old Bay, cayenne, salt, pepper and celery seed. Dredge the fish (both sides) in the mixture then place on a place and refrigerate an additional 1/2 hour. Meanwhile, heat enough oil to pan fry in a large, shallow pan. Heat the oil on medium high heat for about 15 minutes or until you can really start to smell the oil. Fry fish filets in the oil, for about 4 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Make sure the fish is cooked through. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and serve immediately, although any leftovers will make good sandwiches the next day.

*If you don’t have catfish, white fish (whiting) or even tilapia will do.

My thoughts:

When I was little I used to go fishing and catch giant catfish that my grandpop would then cut up and fry for me. Now I buy my fish at the supermarket and it is my husband who fries it up for me. This version is spicier than what my grandpop made but every bit as tasty! The trick to a successful fry is very hot oil. If it is not hot enough, the fish will soak up the oil and you will be left with greasy fish. Cooking with hot oil can be tricky, but if you are careful, the results will be well worth the hassle.


  1. That picture looks delicious and using Old Bay is a great idea.

  2. Oh, delish! I’ve never had catfish since i was little. They don’t seem to sell this fish here in Jersey. Sigh. Not even tilapia, would you believe?

    I bet this would go great with chips… mmmmm.

  3. Oh I love dredging fish in cornmeal, looks so good!

  4. Ohh…That looks great! I love catfish.

  5. One of my favorite summer meals is fried catfish with corn on the cob. So easy and so good. I always use the Lousiana Brand New Orleans Style Fish Fry Mix. Now I’ll have to try yours. It sounds and looks yummy.

  6. I made fried tilapia for dinner tonight. It is my new favorite fish. We have had it twice this week and I will be heading to Costco in the morning for some more.