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Buttermilk Pan Fried Catfish

Enjoy an easy and delicious southern fish fry for dinner with this pan fried catfish recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Author foodnessgracious


  • 3-4 medium sized catfish filets
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • canola oil for frying


  • Place the catfish in a glass dish or deep pan.
  • In a bowl whisk together the buttermilk, salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning.
  • Pour the buttermilk over the catfish. Cover and let rest in the fridge.
  • Place the cornmeal on a baking sheet.
  • In a large pan, add about 1 inch of canola oil and heat until the oil sizzles when you drop a sprinkle of cornmeal into it.
  • Lift out the fish filets one by one and let the excess buttermilk drip off.
  • Dredge each catfish filet in the cornmeal and then gently place it into the pan with the hot oil. You may have to do this more than once as you don't want to crowd the pan.
  • Pan fry the catfish on one side for about 3-4 minutes in the hot oil and then flip it over.
  • Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the fish filets are firm and opaque when broken with a fork.