Southern Fried Catfish



When my kids were little they used to eat everything I would cook. Now of course they’re a bit pickier than they used to be. I used to make them fried catfish nuggets and they couldn’t get enough! The only one that really likes them now is my youngest. Once in a great while I will make these catfish nuggets and they are gone quick!

These are so good! Crunchy on the outside but nicely cooked on the inside.

Southern Fried Catfish


  • 1 -2 lb catfish nuggets
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups buttermilk (can use regular or lowfat milk)
  • 3 cups cornmeal
  • salt and pepper (other seasonings you want)
  • oil


  1. Put oil in a skillet until it is halfway up or you can use a deep fryer, a deep fryer is actually best for these. Heat until hot or if using skillet use medium high heat.
  2. In a large bowl beat egg with a fork, add buttermilk to it. Beat again to incorporate.
  3. In another big bowl put cornmeal and seasonings to taste.
  4. Rinse nuggets and dip into milk mixture, depending on how many you have you could probably fit them all in at one time.
  5. Take a few out of the milk and dip in to the cornmeal, roll around to get it coated good, then put into oil.
  6. If using skillet put them in until skillet is full. fry 3 minutes, turn and fry another 2-3 minutes. If using a deep fryer fry 5 minutes, about halfway through stir them around to break up any that might have clumped together. They are done when golden brown and flake easily with a fork.

I used my trusty deep fryer and they turned out perfect. The nuggets are best eaten right away.  I am not a fan of tartar sauce so for me it’s hot sauce.



Recipe source deep-fried




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