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Recipe for Fried Catfish Po-Boy

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Peanut oil for frying

1 stick unsalted butter

2 garlic cloves, smashed

2 French bread baguettes

6 (6-ounce) farm-raised catfish fillets

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup milk

1 large egg

1 cup yellow corn meal

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

Sliced pickles

2 cups prepared coleslaw

Louisiana hot pepper sauce

Lemon wedges 

Pour about 3 inches of oil in a deep fryer or large, heavy pot and heat to 375 degrees F. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the smashed garlic and swirl the pot around to infuse the garlic flavor into the butter. Slice the French bread in 1/2 lengthwise and brush the top and insides with the garlic butter. Stick the bread in the oven for 5 minutes to warm it through.

Season both sides of the catfish fillets with a fair amount of salt and pepper. In a wide bowl, mix the milk and egg together, season with salt and pepper. Mix the cornmeal, flour, cayenne, salt and pepper in a pie dish using a fork. Dip the catfish in the wet batter, then dredge in the dry; being sure to cover the fillets completely. Gently drop the fish in the hot oil in batches so the pan is not overcrowded. Fry the fillets for 3 minutes and then drain on a platter lined with paper towels; sprinkle with salt while they are still hot. To assemble the po-boy, put the pickles across the bottom 1/2 of the bread, lay the fried catfish on top. Spoon a small mound of slaw on top of the catfish and close up the sandwich with the top 1/2 of the bread. Cut into portions and serve immediately with hot sauce and lemon on the side. Serves 6-8.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

One response »

  1. beth johnstone

    I’m not a pro..except at eating…but I prefer my bread a little crunchy…so I’d modify the recipe so that it could be! Sounds delish otherwise to me!

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