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Crispy Fried Catfish

Catfish was my parent’s favorite meal. My dad never ordered a steak when eating out. He only ordered catfish. Stogner’s Fish Camp was their favorite place to eat. It was only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They went there at least one a week and sometimes more. If they went on Thursday night, they certainly went again on Saturday. They served all of the following family style: catfish, hushpuppies, French fries, and cole slaw. It was the restaurant we went to every time we visited my parents. Before Stogner’s opened, my mom cooked catfish at home most Saturday nights. My dad ran trot lines in the Pearl River for catfish, so we always had a freezer full of catfish. I don’t think my Mom ever cooked catfish again after Stogner’s opened. Fried Catfish is perfect for your Friday Night Porch Party.

Crispy Fried Catfish


3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1/4 cup flour

2 teaspoons Lowery's seasoned salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

2 eggs, beaten

Couple of dashes of hot sauce

1 pound of catfish filets cut into strips


Heat frying oil to 325 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Combine the eggs and hot sauce and catfish. Dredge the catfish strips in the dry batter and place on a platter until ready to fry. A few pieces at a time, fry the catfish until brown and crispy. Remove to a paper-lined platter to cool.

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