Golden Fried Catfish with Crispy Hushpuppies


Dive into the flavors of the South with our Golden Fried Catfish paired with Crispy Hushpuppies. This dish features perfectly seasoned and breaded catfish, fried to a delightful crisp, accompanied by golden-brown hushpuppies. It's a classic Southern feast that's sure to bring a taste of comfort and nostalgia to your table.

Golden Fried Catfish with Crispy Hushpuppies

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 4 people. 
  • Each serving includes two pieces of fried catfish and a side of hushpuppies.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 550 kcal
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 85 mg
  • Sodium: 580 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g


For the Fried Catfish

  • Catfish fillets: 8
  • Cornmeal: 200 g (2 cups)
  • All-purpose flour: 100 g (1 cup)
  • Paprika: 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder: 1 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Vegetable oil: for frying

For the Hushpuppies

  • Cornmeal: 150 g (1.5 cups)
  • All-purpose flour: 75 g (3/4 cup)
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 small
  • Milk: 120 ml (1/2 cup)
  • Egg: 1
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp

Method of Preparation

Prepare the Catfish

  • Mix cornmeal, flour, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish.
  • Dredge each fillet in the mixture, shaking off excess.
  • Fry in hot oil until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

Make the Hushpuppies

  • Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, onion, salt in a bowl.
  • Stir in milk and beaten egg until just combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.


  • Serve the fried catfish with a side of warm hushpuppies.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Keep the oil at a steady medium-high heat for consistent frying.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan to ensure the catfish and hushpuppies cook evenly.
  • For extra flavor, add a squeeze of lemon juice to the catfish before serving.


Can I bake the catfish instead of frying?

Yes, for a healthier option, you can bake the breaded catfish in the oven.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven.

Can I add other seasonings to the hushpuppies?

Absolutely! Try adding jalapeños or herbs for a different flavor.