I found some catfish labeled “wild caught” (from somewhere, it didn’t say) at Wegmans the other day, The fillets were enormous. I had to cut them in two before frying.
I grew up eating catfish caught by my Dad in the wilds of California. These had a vague catfish flavor but I think they were farm raised, released, then caught in the wilds of somewhere. They were okay but a little disappointing.
For some reason I had stone ground cornmeal and no normal cornmeal, so I added 1/3 cup of flour to the coating along with seasonings, then deep fried until golden. Serve with tartar sauce or ketchup, your call.
Cornmeal Fried Wild Catfish
4-5 wild catfish fillets, cut in half if necessary
1 – 1 1/3 cup of regular cornmeal
2 tsp salt
1/2 – 1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp Old Bay Seafood Seasoning
1 tbsp paprika
Mix the seasoning together with the cornmeal. Dredge the fillets in the cornmeal and deep fry in the peanut oil.