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Pan-fried Catfish

Another bolded item for the food meme...

Pan-fried Catfish Fillets

3 catfish fillets, cut in half (a little over 1-1/2 lbs.)
1/4 cup butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil

First dredge: 
1/2 cup flour

Second:
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Third:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon smoke flavoring (optional)

Rinse fillets and pat dry.  Put plain flour in first pan/bowl (pie pans work well for the floury dips).  Stir egg and lemon juice together in a second bowl.  Mix the other flour, cornmeal, and other ingredients together in the third pan/bowl till well blended.   In a large skillet, melt butter with olive oil over medium heat.   Dip fillets first in plain flour, lightly, just barely coating them,  then in egg mixture, then in the seasoned flour/cornmeal mixture.  Pan-fry for about 6 minutes per side.  Try to turn only once, or you risk having the coating flake off.   Makes 6 servings.
  

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cimeara
Aug. 18th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: lemon juice
I don't usually pan-fry fish (usually bake) so I don't have enough comparison? But it was in one of the catfish recipes I researched, and seemed like a great idea.
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cimeara
Aug. 19th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Direct comparison! Exactly!
This sort of thing is why I went "squee!" when I first discovered Cooks Illustrated. ^_^
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