Southern Fried Catfish

The satisfaction of fried, the freedom of health consciousness



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  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds catfish fillets cleaned (snapper or flounder will also work)
  • 1/4 cup mild hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal (organic or NON GMO is best)
  • 1/4 cup or cake flour (make your own here) or for a healthier option use quinoa flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning, (make your own here)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Sliced lemons, for serving
  1. Mix cornstarch, flour, and seasonings into a zip lock bag and shake.
  2. Place fish inside the bag, seal it and shake until all of the fish is coated.
  3. Place fish either in a light olive oil-coated air fry bucket or on a solid (no holes) tray carefully as not to disturb the coating on the fish. (if you use holes, the oil will drip and possibly cause a fire. DON’T DO THIS)
  4. Turn air fryer on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes
  5. After 8 minutes turn the fish and cook for another 8 minutes.
Southern Fried Nuggets anyone? Take this South African favorite, dice it up and create nuggets to stretch the meal and make it last longer. I guarantee it will become a new favorite.
Did I hear fish and chips were on the menu? Top your homemade potato fries with this Southern classic and you have now blended the favs from two continents. For an extra boost of nutrition keep the skins on the potatoes. Most of a potato’s nutrition is in the skin.