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Fried Catfish and Tennessee Tartar Sauce

Lodge Cast iron / February 4, 2019

Friends and family will love this quick and easy fried catfish recipe, especially when it's served with some delicious Tennessee tartar sauce! 

Pro tip: When you add oil to the fish pan, fill it no more than halfway up the side of the pan because when you add food to the oil, the level will rise.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

20-25 minutes

Servings

8

Ingredients

For the catfish 
  • 4 pounds catfish fillets, cut in half
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 quarts vegetable oil
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the tartar sauce 
  • 1 cup mayonnaise 
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet and spicy relish
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Season all sides of catfish with salt and pepper. Place in a bowl and coat with buttermilk. Refrigerate while prepping other ingredients. 
  2. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne.  
  3. While heating oil over medium heat to 350° F, combine all ingredients for tartar sauce. Mix and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. Remove catfish from buttermilk and allow extra to drip off. Dip catfish pieces one at a time into the flour mixture and shake off excess. 
  5. Fry the catfish for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown, turning halfway through. Allow catfish to drain on a paper towel-lined plate before serving.
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Fried Catfish and Tennessee Tartar Sauce

By Lodge Cast iron

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients

For the catfish 
  • 4 pounds catfish fillets, cut in half
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 quarts vegetable oil
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the tartar sauce 
  • 1 cup mayonnaise 
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet and spicy relish
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Fried Catfish and Tennessee Tartar Sauce

Preparation

  1. Season all sides of catfish with salt and pepper. Place in a bowl and coat with buttermilk. Refrigerate while prepping other ingredients. 
  2. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne.  
  3. While heating oil over medium heat to 350° F, combine all ingredients for tartar sauce. Mix and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. Remove catfish from buttermilk and allow extra to drip off. Dip catfish pieces one at a time into the flour mixture and shake off excess. 
  5. Fry the catfish for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown, turning halfway through. Allow catfish to drain on a paper towel-lined plate before serving.

Recipe by Lodge Cast iron for Lodge Cast Iron at http://www.lodgemfg.com/recipe/fried-catfish