Frying Catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL LOUISIANA TALK' started by Louisiana Redneck, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Louisiana Redneck

    Louisiana Redneck New Member

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    Good morning,

    I was wondering what was your favorite batter for frying catfish? Also, do you find the fish crispier if the cooking oil is extremely hot when you put the fish in or do you prefer just medium hot oil. Do you find the fish cook best as fillets or whole fish? I want to get this right. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. valentine

    valentine New Member

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    I like the Bass Pro spicy breading. You can mix it with beer to make a batter style dip. Then 350 degree oil, and hunks of meat. It is easier to cook it thouroughly if you cut the meat into smaller chunks. Catfish nuggets if you will!:big_smile:
     

  3. sairving

    sairving New Member

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    Corn meal with salt, pepper and other spices. Or Bisquick mixed up and then dip the catfish in.
     
  4. Trophy Hunter

    Trophy Hunter New Member

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    I like the nuggets also, but a whole pan fried fish is tasty too! Corn meal & flour with spices. Mix it up and find what YOU like.
     
  5. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    TSS Spicy Cajun Fish Fry, I just placed an order for 2 more bags. They are also a sponser, nice way to support them.
     
  6. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

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    We like ours rolled in crushed cheese crackers ,salt ,pepper , fried in hot oil .
    Brian
     
  7. slimepig

    slimepig New Member

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    filets cut into inch to inch n a half pieces, smeared in mustard then seasoned with saltn pepper then coated with corn meal. yep, hot oil! i get my oil to about 400 to 425 and it will cool down some as you put the fish in. i also let the oil get back to temp between batches too.
     
  8. john barber

    john barber New Member

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    one of my favorites is to cut my fellets into nuggets and bread them with house altry seafood breader . yell find its very good just try it.:smile2:
     
  9. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    I like catfish filleted better, but cook perch and small brown bass whole. My favorite seasoning is Louisiana fish fry ( original ). The pot in my avitar picture cooks the best at 300 degrees, at 350 degrees the fish cooks to quick and is to crunchy for me. Most pots Ive used over the years 350 was the magic number. you will just have to play with the temperature until it comes out the way you like it.
     
  10. JustCats

    JustCats Member

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    For the "batter" I use cornmeal with salt & pepper to taste. I prefer not to let the fish set in the cornmeal too long. I like to coat the pieces just before dropping them in the hot oil. I like to cut the filets up into chunks or nuggets. I like the oil to be 350-375 degrees, much hotter and the outside gets too done before the inside. As for the type of oil, I buy the 35lb container of frying oil at Sam's Club, it's around $15. I use the House Autry hushpuppy mix w/onions. I have, who knows how many, hushpuppy recipes but for simplicity and taste the House Autry is pretty good. Just adjust any of the many ideas you'll find here to suit your taste and Enjoy!

    Happy Cooking
    Tony
     
  11. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    1/2" fillets...light coat of flour, dip them in egg and buttermilk mix, roll them in crushed pretzels and fry in peanut oil at 350. mmmmgood.
     
  12. texasdog

    texasdog New Member

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    I like fillets soaked in Lousianna Hot Sauce for one hour rolled in Lousianna fry or bass pro shop corn meal 350 degrees in a cast iron pot
     
  13. jklm

    jklm New Member

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    i like an egg milk wash them in a 50/50 mix of flour and corn meal with salt and pepper to taste. when i fry i put a candy thomonter in the grease to keep taps on the heat i like to take it to 375 as long as the grease doesnt start to smoke most of the time the grease temp will come down to about 350 through cooking then let raise back up to 375 and start over agian
     
  14. catsmith1

    catsmith1 New Member

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    I cut my fillets up in 2-3 bite pieces, soak in mustard and LA hot sauce for a couple hours in the fridge. Dip is Corn meal, salt, pepper, and Tonys. Oil is ready when you can pinch a little corn meal and toss itin and it bubbles the oil. Take it out a little after it floats and is the just right color. If the oil is cool it will float but not brown. If the oil os too hot it will brown before it floats. If thge oil is just right it will float and within a minute be the right golden brown. Never used a thermometer.

    One last tip. Get a old or new dutch oven cast iron to fry in. It holds heat alot better than anything else. When you get the fire right you do not have to adjust flame till you turn it off.

    Hope this helps!
     
  15. Louisiana Redneck

    Louisiana Redneck New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I have a small jamalaya pot that is just perfect for frying fish and it does hold the heat well.
     
  16. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Andy's ,Andy's and more Andy's fish mix. Thats all we have used probably for 3-4 years. You can get it for fish and they have one for chicken and I do believe there's one for other types of meats.
     
  17. jstall

    jstall New Member

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    I like it in Louisiana fish fry, seasoned blue pack mixed with stone ground corn meal. My neighbor has a stone grist mill and we buy corn from the tortilla plant in Tyler. I add more Tony's to it, fry at 350. The stone ground corm meal give it a add crunch.
    Joseph
     
  18. P Caruthers

    P Caruthers New Member

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    1x4 inch finger with a light coat of flour dipped in egg & milk then rolled in a mix of Italian bread crums and Tony Chachere's hot creole. cook at 300 degrees. Any kind of breading will be to hard if the oil is to hot.
     
  19. I like to sprinkle my nuggets, but if you prefer fillets in seasoned flour coating them pretty good( this makes them hold the other batter you choose on better. Then I dip the nuggets in a egg mixture of 2 - 3 eggs, a little milk, 4-5 drops lemmon juice, about a teaspoon mustard of choice and mix it up very good. after dipping the nuggets in the egg mixture then coat them in your favorite fish fry, I usually mix and match usually a store bought fish fry with corn meal, and a touch of cayenne pepper....its not good if its not hot..

     
  20. Georgiajack

    Georgiajack New Member

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    I like to fillet mine. unless they are real small. I use a plastic container with a lid to dust my fish. I like the bass pro fix mix, but when I'm out,I like about a 50/50 mixture of flour, and corn meal. I add some cavender's all purpose greek seasoning, seasoned salt, and I lightly salt the fish with table salt before putting into the mix. I get the peanut oil, or 50/50 mix peanut, and vegetable oil hot, and about the time it's where I want it, I put the fish into the container, close the lid, and shake until the fish are all coated well. Open the lid, grab em', give a little shake to get rid of excess, and drop them into the hot oil. Good fishin', Jack.