How to Cook Catfish

How to Cook CatfishOne of the more popular reasons to go camping is to get closer to a good place to fish. Few things are more satisfying for an angler than to bring the catch back to camp, clean it and have a good old-fashioned camp fish fry. Catfish, in particular, make for a great, Southern-style camping fish fry.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Yellow cornmeal
  • White flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Paper bag or Tupperware container
  • Eggs
  • Mixing bowl
  • Skillet
  • Vegetable oil or Crisco
Step 1
Take a brown paper bag or Tupperware container, and mix up fish batter. A typical recipe is a cup of yellow cornmeal, a half-cup of white flour, a tablespoon of salt, a teaspoon of pepper and a teaspoon of chili powder.
Step 2
Mix two tablespoons of water and two eggs together in a bowl.
Step 3
Cut a pair of slits behind the head on both sides of the catfish. These should be just deep enough to penetrate the skin. Then push your fingers under the skin, separating the skin from the meat. Pull the skin off with your hands. Using a pair of pliers can make it easier. Do this for both sides.
Step 4
Put a half-cup vegetable oil or Crisco into a cast iron skillet or camping skillet. Set the skillet on a camp stove or over the campfire. Once the skillet is hot, gently laying the fillets in the skillet. Turn the fillets with a spatula after about four or five minutes cooking. Fry for a total of eight to 10 minutes.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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