Parmesan-Pecan Fried Catfish

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, January 7, 2010

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Southern Living strikes again.  And this time I got to use my new cast iron skillet.  Oh the possibilities with that heavy, heavy beauty.  (I seriously can’t pick it up with one hand.)  If you don’t have one, I’d go ahead and put it on your Christmas list for next year.

If you can wait that long…

This recipe is Southern-y delicious and perfect while the KC hall takes a break from their Friday night fish frys.  (My daughter loves those, but I think it might mainly be because it’s the only time she ever gets Kool-Aid.  And, oh, does that treat ever get her excited…)

In Southern Living, they also add Cajun seasoning to their dredging mixture, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I left it out.  The fish got two thumbs up all around the dinner table, even from The Phoenix, who, generally speaking, isn’t a fan of fish.

And, it goes great with buttermilk cornbreadAh, what a combination.

Parmesan-Pecan Fried Catfish

recipe adapted from Southern Living magazine
  • Prep Time: 75 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes.
  • Ready in 1 Hour, 25 Minutes.
  • Makes: 6 Servings
  • 2 lbs catfish fillets, cut into 1-inch wide strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Place catfish and buttermilk in a large plastic freezer bag. Seal and chill for 1 hour. Remove catfish from buttermilk, discarding buttermilk.
  • Combine pecans, cornmeal, Parmesan cheese and paprika in a shallow bowl.
  • Dip fish in eggs; dredge in pecan mixture, shaking off excess. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. (For easy cleanup.)
  • Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 to 3/4 inch in a cast iron skillet and heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Fry fish in batches, 3-4 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Fish should be golden brown and flake easily with a fork.

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