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Choctaw Catfish

Choctaw Catfish

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I developed this when the catfish was plentiful in the summer!

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  • Calories:
  • 502 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 27 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 41.2g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 22.5 g
  • 45%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 76 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium:
  • 1744 mg
  • 70%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. In a medium bowl, place catfish fillets in buttermilk. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator 45 minutes.
  2. In a resealable plastic bag, mix cornmeal, onion salt, and steak seasoning. One at a time, drain catfish fillets and place in the bag to coat with the cornmeal mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry each fillet 7-10 minutes per side, or until exterior is lightly browned and flesh is easily flaked with a fork. Drain on paper towels.
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I used tilapia, and substituted seafood seasoning for the steak seasoning. I would have incinerated the fish if I'd cooked as long as recommended--I think I cut cook time almost in half (just check the underside for color). This was so incredibly, amazingly good--the fish was mild and flaky, the crust crunchy and satisfying. Just season to your taste!


This was a very good recipe, but I have to agree with a previous reviewer on the time. About 2-3 minutes per side, tops! This is similiar to another catfish recipe that my family and I frequently cook made with mustard and corn meal. That reciep to follow. This is definitely a "keeper!" Nicely done!


Ahh the crust was so good. I used this crappy basa fish (basa is flavorless! but cheap, and all I had on hand), and didn't have cornmeal so instead used tempura flakes, which stuck better after an eggwash. Mmmmm. Way good. Also I didn't have buttermilk, so I found an alternative recipe using 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. So I don't know how the recipe is really SUPPOSED tot taste like, but my poorcollegestudent version had the most delicious crust ever! I would have never thought to use grill seasoning. So good!