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Fried Catfish Fillets

These catfish fillets are absolutely delicious and super easy to make. Add in our wonderful coleslaw and hushpuppies and you have a great summer meal.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time1 hr 22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Fried Catfish
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 to 2 pounds fresh catfish fillets
  • Milk or buttermilk for soaking
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or can use cornmeal. I love them both ways
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup oil


  • Place fillets in a 9 x 13 pan and cover with milk or buttermilk. Let soak for about an hour in the refrigerator. In a large bowl mix flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In a smaller bowl whisk eggs until smooth.
  • Remove fish from milk and discard the milk. Dip fillets in egg and then in flour mixture. Make sure you have about 1/2 inch of oil in your skillet. Fry on each side until golden brown; about 6 or 7 minutes.