Monday, January 16, 2017

Fried Catfish So Good You Will Wanna Slap Ya Mama

This is one of my favorite dishes that I make though not often enough. It is relatively simple, extremely messy and ridiculously good. You may want to consider frying it outside, I do when I remember.

When we started 37 Cooks with 2 gallons of Slap Ya Mama seasonings I had already fallen in love with the hot seasoning and was using it for everything. For some reason I never replaced the seasoning in my fish batter but when I did, wow! It gave the fish an attitude! It can be used for other fish but Mississippi farm raised catfish is so good!

Fried Catfish So Good You Will Wanna Slap Ya Mama
by Willie Simmons

4 large Mississippi farm raised or fresh caught catfish filets
1 quart buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup corn meal (fine)
4 Tablespoons Slap Ya Mama Hot
Peanut oil

Start by putting the fish in a gallon zip-top bag or a deep baking pan with the buttermilk and soak for at least 2 hours.

Whisk the flour, corn meal and SYM together and place in a shallow dish.

Use a deep cast iron skillet. Pour in enough oil to cover the thickness of the filet. Preheat the oil to 325°F.

Drag the filets through the flour/corn meal and place on a baking rack for a 5-10 minutes.

Place 1 or 2 filets into the oil, depending on size of skillet. Fry 2-3 minutes on each side, or until crust becomes golden brown. I prefer to fry them a little longer, as I like crispier fish. We usually make more than we can eat and use the filets the next day to made unbelievable po-boy sandwiches. Enjoy!

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