Crispy Fried Catfish is a Southern classic that anyone can make in their own kitchen! The mild and sweet fish is enhanced by the crunchy, pan-fried cornmeal coating, so the final dish is both crunchy and delightfully flaky. It only takes 20 minutes to make Crispy Fried Catfish, so you can enjoy its tasty flavors any night of the week without stress. In fact, this is a great dish to unwind with since it’s just that tasty!

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  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 (4-ounce) catfish fillets
  • lemon wedges, optional, for garnish
  • fresh parsley, optional, for garnish


Step 1 –Combine the cornmeal, seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.

Step 2 –Pour the milk into a separate dish.

Step 3 –Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 4 –Dip each catfish fillet in the milk, shaking off any excess.

Step 5 –Transfer the milk-soaked fish to the cornmeal mixture, gently rolling each fillet in the mixture until coated.

Step 6 –Place the coated fillets in the hot skillet and cook until cooked through at 145 degrees F and golden brown on each side, about 5-7 minutes. Cook in batches so you don’t overcrowd the skillet.

Step 7 –Drain the fish on paper towels.

Step 8 –Serve warm garnished with lemon wedges and fresh parsley.