Southern Cajun Fried CatFish Snacks

Southern Cajun Fried CatFish Snacks

Jodie Paul September 04, 2023


  • 6 pounds catfish fillets
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups vegetable oil (you can also air fry for lower calories)
  • Cornmeal Mix:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning: Tony Chachere's is a favorite
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper


  • Rinse fish fillets under cold water and cut 2-inch wide strips.
  • In a large bowl, cover fish with buttermilk and mix with hands; wrap and refrigerate bowl: Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour before frying.
  • In a large Ziplock baggie, combine flour, cornmeal, cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet, or pot over medium-high heat to about 400 degrees. (Air fryer preheat to 400 degrees - Air fry until golden)
  • Remove well-coated fish from the marinade and dip coat well with breading mixture.
  • Fry fish pieces for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  • Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels or brown paper bags.
  • Serve hot with tartar sauce. Extra Spice: Mix a little hot sauce or sriracha with your tartar for an added kick.