Catfish is big in the Illinois. We like going fishing for catfish. I am hoping to take my monkeys catfishing this year. We have had family gatherings around fish fries which was made with catfish. They are very delicious.
Southern Fried Catfish
1 quart peanut oil
1 cup stone ground fine cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 (7 to 9 ounce) catfish fillets, rinsed and thoroughly patted dry
3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
1. Heat the peanut oil in a 5 quart dutch oven over high heat until it reaches 350 degrees on a deep fry thermometer. adjust the heat to maintain the temperature.
2. Whisk the cornmeal and flour together in a shallow dish. Combine the seafood seasoning, kosher salt, paprika, and pepper in a small bowl.
3. Season the catfish fillets evenly on both sides with the spice mixture. Pour the buttermilk into another shallow dish. Dip each fillet into the buttermilk. Flip once to coat both sides. Hold over the pan and allow the excess to drip off. Coat both sides of the fillets in the cornmeal mixture. Set the coated fillets on a cooling rack and let rest for 5 minutes.