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Cornmeal Fried Catfish Recipe


Cornmeal Fried Catfish                      


Ingredients:
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
vegetable oil -- for frying
4 catfish fillets -- about 6 oz each
tartar sauce -- optional
lemon wedges -- for garnish

Method:
In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. In another shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. In a large deep skillet, preferably cast iron, heat about 1/2 inch of oil over medium heat to 350 degrees, or until very hot but not smoking. Dip the fish fillets in the egg mixture, then dredge in the flour mixture. Transfer the fillets to the skillet and cook for 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, or until golden brown and crusty on both sides. Remove with a slotted spatula to paper towels to drain. Serve the fish with tartar sauce and lemon wedges, if desired.

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