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Crispy Cajun Catfish: A Taste of Louisiana Goodness

This recipe takes you on a culinary adventure to the heart of Louisiana with a plate of crispy Cajun catfish. Tender catfish fillets are coated in a flavorful blend of spices and cornmeal, then fried to golden perfection. Each bite offers a delightful contrast of textures – a crispy, golden crust giving way to moist and flaky fish.

More Than Just Fried Fish:

This recipe goes beyond your typical fried fish. The Cajun spice blend adds a touch of heat and complexity, while the cornmeal crust ensures a satisfying crunch. It's a perfect way to elevate a simple protein into a restaurant-worthy dish.

Easy Does It:

Despite its impressive flavor, this recipe is surprisingly easy to follow. Simple pantry staples come together to create a delicious coating for the catfish, and the frying process is straightforward.


  • The Crunchy Coating: *⅔ Cup Yellow Cornmeal - The base of the coating, providing a delightful crunch and a beautiful golden color.

    • ¼ Cup All-Purpose Flour - Helps the coating adhere to the fish and creates a crispy texture.
    • 1½ Small Spoons Seasoned Salt - A blend of spices that adds a savory base to the coating.
    • ½ Small Spoon Black Pepper - Adds a touch of heat and depth of flavor.
    • ½ Small Spoon Cayenne Pepper - Brings a kick of Cajun spice, adjust the amount to your preference.
    • ½ Small Spoon Lemon Juice - A touch of acidity that brightens up the flavors and complements the catfish.
    • ¼ Small Spoon Paprika - Adds a hint of smokiness and a vibrant red hue to the coating.
  • The Wet Batter:

    • 2 Large Whole Eggs - Binds the dry ingredients to the fish and creates a smooth coating.
    • 2 Small Spoons Hot Sauce - Infuses the catfish with a touch of heat. Choose your favorite hot sauce to adjust the spice level.
  • The Star of the Show:

    • 500 Grams Catfish Fillets - Fresh catfish fillets are perfect for this recipe. Ensure they are clean and dry before coating.
  • For Serving:

    • Lemon Wedges - A squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds a touch of acidity and brightness to the catfish.
    • Tartar Sauce - A classic accompaniment for fried fish, offering a creamy and tangy counterpoint.
    • Hot Sauce (Optional) - For those who crave extra heat, offer your favorite hot sauce on the side.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cajun Perfection:

  1. Spice Up Your Life: In a large resealable bag or a brown paper bag, combine the cornmeal, flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and paprika. Shake well to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

  2. Creating the Wet Bath: In a shallow bowl or a deep pie dish, whisk together the eggs and hot sauce until well combined.

  3. Coating for Perfection: Dredge each catfish fillet in the wet batter, ensuring it's fully coated. Then, transfer the coated fillet to the bag with the dry spice mixture. Shake vigorously to coat the catfish evenly with the cornmeal mixture.

  4. Preparing for the Fry: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with cooking spray. Gently place the coated catfish fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the coating process with all the fillets.

  5. A Short Rest for Maximum Flavor: Refrigerate the coated catfish fillets for 10-15 minutes. This allows the coating to adhere better and results in a crispier crust.

  6. Heating Up the Oil: In a large Dutch oven, saucepan, or deep fryer, heat oil (around 4 inches) to 340°F (170°C) over medium-high heat.

  7. Time to Fry: Carefully, using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the catfish fillets in batches to the hot oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.

  8. Resting for Perfection: Transfer the fried catfish fillets to a wire rack or paper towels to drain excess oil. Let them rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

  9. Serving Up a Cajun Feast: Plate your crispy Cajun catfish fillets and serve them with lemon wedges for squeezing, tartar sauce for dipping, and a side of hot sauce for those who desire an extra kick.

Enjoy a taste of Louisiana with this delicious and easy-to-make Cajun catfish recipe!