Recipe By Terry
Published Jun 8th
TW Fried Catfish
Prep 15m Cook 5m Additional 1h Ready In 1h 20m
Servings 8 servings Calories 1500.1

One of my favorite fried-catfish recipes when having a fish fry. This is not too spicy and is usually a crowd favorite. Adapted from one of one of my old working buddies in the late 70s. Serve with french fries or onion rings.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 pounds catfish fillets
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (such as Tex Joy® All Purpose), or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ (16 ounce) package saltine crackers, crumbled
  • 1 (2.45 ounce) package sliced almonds
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon pressed garlic
  • 1 quart peanut oil, for frying

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Season catfish with Cajun seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Refrigerate fillets 1 to 3 hours.
  2. 2 Mix saltine crackers and almonds in a large, wide bowl. Stir milk, beaten eggs, and garlic together in a separate bowl.
  3. 3 Soak the catfish fillets in the milk mixture for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. 4 Heat peanut oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. 5 Gently press the catfish fillets into the cracker mixture to coat completely; shake to remove any loose breading.
  6. 6 Fry fillets in hot peanut oil until cooked through and floats atop the oil, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 1500.1
  • Carbohydrate 36.2 g
  • Cholesterol 159 mg
  • Fat 137.8 g
  • Fiber 3 g
  • Protein 32.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 20.3 g
  • Sodium 1070.4 mg
  • Sugar 3.5 g

Chef's Notes

The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.


  1. I don't even like catfish but this was FANTABULOUS!