Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fried Catfish

While visiting with our grandsons all last week,  it was a challenge trying to think of a dinner meal all the boys would enjoy.  Their mom often makes Fried Catfish for them.  Awhile back she shared her recipe with me.  My husband also likes catfish, so that settled it, that is what we would have for dinner, along with some vegetables, and Crunchy Corm Meal Muffins and milk.

It is a quick and easy meal.  I am including the recipe for Fried Catfish just in case you might like to try it too:

Pick up your fresh fish at a fish market or your local grocery store.  We all know the fresher fish is, the better it tastes.

There are no rights or wrongs about cutting the fish ... I like to cut it in strips; the boys seem to like it that way or you could even cook it whole.

In the below photo is the coating for the fish.  The seasoning in the coating is very good and makes the fish delicious.  This item can be found at your local grocery store in the baking-supplies, flour,  and seasoning isle.

These "Baggies"  in the below photo come in handy for lots of things in the kitchen.  They are also good for coating a lot of fish at one time. 

Just pour the fish fry mix into the Baggie, add the cut-up fish, and shake until well covered as in the below photo.

Let the fish sit awhile in the batter while you cover the bottom of your favorite frying pan with about one-half inch of cooking oil.

I have been using Organic Coconut Oil lately. I happened across an article about Coconut Oil and they make it sound like the cure-all for everything.  So I figured it may or may not accomplish all those claims, but it would probably not be any worse than the other "healthier for you" cooking oils.  If you have not heard about the amazing benefits they are claiming about Coconut Oil, just go talk to Mr. Google....he will tell you everything about it.

OK!  The bottom of your favorite frying pan is covered with about a half inch of cooking oil.  Heat the oil until you feel it is hot enough on about medium heat.  Place the fish in the oil and cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.

After about 5 minutes, turn the fish over to brown on the other side for again, about 5 minutes.   Check the fish carefully as you are cooking;  on your stove it may cook in less time.

When the fish is cooked to your liking, remove from the cooking oil and drain on several layers of paper towel.

I have also tried this recipe with Grouper, and it is so delicious.   I usually cook fish outside on the back porch in a small "Fry Daddy," just because cooking fish can leave such a lingering smell of fish in the home.  But, I made an exception here in order to take advantage of the special benefits of Coconut Oil.

Anyway, along with this delicious Fried Catfish we also had Crunchy Cornmeal Muffins.  I will share that recipe later.....

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having sweet and blessed days.

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