Southeast Dairy Association - Catfish Bites

Mississippi State Fried Catfish Bites with Spicy Yogurt Tartar Sauce

Buttermilk and spicy yogurt tartar sauce add zing to this southern-fried favorite.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Catfish Bites

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into 1 12-inch pieces
  • 34 cup all-purpose flour
  • 34 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • Pure vegetable oil
  • Garnish: Old Bay seasoning

Spicy Yogurt Tartar Sauce

  • 1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 13 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 12 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 14 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

Catfish Bites

  1. Whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning in a large bowl. Add catfish pieces. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours. Remove catfish from buttermilk mixture, discarding buttermilk mixture.
  2. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning in a medium bowl. Dredge catfish in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  3. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2-inches in a Dutch oven; heat to 360⁰. Fry catfish in batches 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown & the catfish is opaque. Remove from oil and drain on a rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with additional seasoning, if desired. Serve with Spicy Yogurt Tartar Sauce.

Spicy Yogurt Tartar Sauce

  1. Mix all ingredients and stir into an even mixture.

Notes

Source of recipe: Rebecca Gordon, Buttermilk Lipstick