Fried Catfish and Hushpuppies
Source of Recipe
From "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" by Martha Hall Foose
List of Ingredients
- Hush Puppy Batter:
- 2 cups self-rising cornmeal
- ½ cup self-rising flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp sugar
- ½ cup grated onion
- ¼ cup finely chopped bell pepper or jalapeño
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- Eight 6-ounce U.S. Farm-Raised catfish fillets, patted dry
- 2 cups corn flour
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Make the hushpuppy batter:
In a mixing bowl, whisk the cornmeal, flour, salt, and sugar to mix and remove any lumps. In a separate bowl, combine the onion, bell pepper, buttermilk, and egg. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring well to combine. Let the batter sit for 15 minutes or until after the fish has been fried.
- Cook the fish:
Season both the fish and the corn flour liberally with salt and pepper. Place the seasoned corn flour in a bag. Add the fish pieces, one by one, and shake until completely covered. Set the coated fish on a wire rack to dry slightly while the oil heats.
- Set a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with newspaper or paper towels. In a deep pot or fryer, heat at least 4 inches of oil to 375°F.
- Drop the fish fillets into the hot oil, being careful not to crowd the pot, and fry until ginger tan, slightly curled, and floating, about 4 minutes (8 to 10 minutes for whole fish). Remove with a skimmer or slotted spoon. Set the fish on the rack to drain while frying the hush puppies.
- Cook the hushpuppies:
Do not stir the hush puppy batter, which would deflate it. Dip two spoons in the hot oil. Then, with one of the coated spoons, scoop up a spoonful of batter and carefully slide the batter into the hot oil, using the other spoon to help guide the hush puppy into the pot. Repeat, dipping the spoons again if the batter begins to stick, until all the batter has been used. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot. Fry the hush puppies until crisp, turning them as needed, until they turn deep reddish brown and begin to float. Remove from the pot and drain on the wire rack before serving.
Serves 4 to 6