Fried Catfish with Quick Tartar Sauce

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 6


  • 3 gallons LouAna Peanut Oil.
  • 6 catfish fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups coarse-ground cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
Yes this sounds like a lot of oil to fry a fillet in, but it is best to have plenty of oil to fry all the fillets at the same time. And,because LouAna Peanut Oil does not transfer flavors, you can use the oil to fry other foods without fear of their having any catfish flavor!

Tartar sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Pour oil into a deep fryer; heat to 350 degrees.  Sprinkle catfish evenly with 1 teaspoon salt.  Place 1 cup flour in a shallow dish.  Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1 cup flour, cornmeal and pepper in a large, shallow bowl, stirring well.

Combine buttermilk and eggs in a shallow dish, stirring well. Dredge fish in flour; dip in buttermilk mixture.  Dredge in cornmeal mixture.  Fry fish at 350 degrees for 4 minutes on each side or until done.

To prepare tartar sauce combine mayonnaise and remaining ingredients, stirring well.  Chill until ready to serve.

Safety First

There are two options when frying a turkey. You can take the traditional approach and use propane fryers. They should be used outdoors in accordance with the manufacturer’s safety procedures. Never use them on a wooden deck or leave them unattended. Or you can use a Master built Electric Deep Fryer that can be used indoors on kitchen counter tops, tables, inside garages and on covered patios. Be sure to keep children and pets away. But either way you choose, always remember:

  • Wear oven mitts.
  • Avoid use of alcohol and keep a fire extinguisher nearby, as you would with any type of cooking.
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