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#3151413 - 02/04/13 01:39 PM Re: Best way to fry catfish [Re: Poser]
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The problem I have is getting the meal to stick.
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#3151472 - 02/04/13 02:35 PM Re: Best way to fry catfish [Re: beechnut]
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 Originally Posted By: beechnut
The problem I have is getting the meal to stick.

ours seem to stick better, the dryer the fish is, does not sound right does it
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#3151479 - 02/04/13 02:40 PM Re: Best way to fry catfish [Re: Chaneylake]
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You want the fillets damp, not wet. Breading will cling to the surface until it gets saturated with moisture - once saturated, it falls off easily. You want the breading to get a taste of moisture, but stay thirsty \:\)

Catfish have a problem of being relatively fatty and not cooking to the point of being crispy. This is a real problem if you are cooking them in large pieces and they are bigger than about 2 lbs.

Cutting into strips like others have said works well. Or do the "steak" method as a previous poster stated.

My dad used to steak the fish vertically until he got past the ribs, then fillet the part from the tail back. This left very manageable pieces of fish. The added bonus was that he made completely boneless pieces out of every fish, which is easier when dealing with kids.

I do this same method today and find it works well.
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#3151535 - 02/04/13 03:46 PM Re: Best way to fry catfish [Re: Crosshairy]
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#3157890 - 02/09/13 08:51 PM Re: Best way to fry catfish [Re: jb3]
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My grandmother always used egg to dip the fish in before dipping in the dry corn meal. The breading sticks really well that way. Fry in iron skillet with your choice of olive oil, vegetable oil, salt, seasonings, etc
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#3163692 - 02/14/13 09:42 AM Re: Best way to fry catfish [Re: SCAT]

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I've always kept it simple, with good success.

I fillet my cats. I don't mess with any old school catfish crucifixion methods, and I don't mess with bones.

My favorite breading is a dip in buttermilk, and then a dredge into white cornmeal. No fancy or expensive mixes, or you hide the flavors inherent in the buttermilk, meal, salt and pepper.

One tip on the breading, that I learned from an old KFC employee: press down hard on the fillets to set the breading in solid. Knuckle down hard on it. And if you have a lot of fish, you can set them out on a cookie sheet after you bread them and set them in the freezer. Once solid, you can bag them up for later use. Might even put a little wax paper between the fillets.

Season lightly in the cooking, then add what flavors you want by using dips, sauces, or shakers at the dinner table. I'm betting you'll enjoy the simplicity of just the fish.
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