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Crispy Fried Catfish


I don’t get a chance to wet a hook much anymore but there’s one thing that I always remember from growing up is going to the pond and catching some catfish. Folks from all over the neighborhood would come to the house for a big ol’ fish fry. Cornmeal is a staple in most of the fried fish recipes that I know of, but we’re taking it a step further to create a great crispy crust for those little fish fellers. 

Make sure you get a good clean catfish filet if you can’t catch them yourself. For our tips check out our video below…




Crispy Fried Catfish


  • Catfish Filets this recipe works well for about 2-3 large filets
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1– 1 ½ tablespoons Red River Ranch Original Seasoning or all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk powder
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Canola peanut or other fry oil


  1. In a medium bowl combine the cornmeal, flour and seasoning. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, baking powder, buttermilk and warm water.
  3. Cut the catfish filets into thirds. Dip in the wet mixture and then dredget through the flour mixtures. Repeat.
  4. Heat the oil to 350 degrees in a cast iron Dutch oven or deep fryer.
  5. Fry the catfish until golden brown and crust is crispy.
  6. Let cool on a paper towel or wire rack.

Recipe Notes

For buttermilk powder we use: or