How to Cook Catfish and Hushpuppies Southern Style

Chef Robert Wiley shows us how to do a traditional southern style fish-fry with fresh catfish and hushpuppies. In keeping with tradition, Wiley prepares hushpuppies, a cornmeal fritter, as an accompaniment to the catfish. Both recipes from the video are below.

Chef Robert Wiley with His Fried Catfish and Hushpuppies

Chef Robert Wiley with His Fried Catfish and Hushpuppies

Crispy Savory Fried Catfish

Recipe courtesy of Robert Wiley
Ingredients/Instructions for the soak:

  • 1 to 2 pounds Catfish, cut in to 2 inch wide pieces
  • 1 cup Louisiana Style Hot Sauce of choice
  • 2 ea. Eggs
  • Combine hot sauce and eggs and pour over fish. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the coating mix.

Ingredients/Instructions for the Dredge:

  • 1 1/2 cups fine Corn Meal
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 3 tea. Salt
  • 2 tea. Granulated Garlic Powder
  • 2 tea. Black Pepper
  • 2 tea. Paprika
  • 1 tea. Cayenne
  • 1/2 tea. Celery Seed
  • Combine and mix well. Use a Food Processor for best results.

To Fry the Catfish:

  1. Enough Oil (any neutral flavored oil such as canola, corn, or soybean) to cover the bottom of a wide heavy skillet with about one inch. The amount depends on the size of your Skillet.
  2. Start preheating pan with oil for most stoves use medium. This will be more or less depending on your stove. 
  3. In a large produce or grocery bag layer fish with the dredge mixture til all is covered.
  4. Hold top of bag close and gently shake and turn bag till all fish is covered.
  5. Let fish sit in the dredge while you preheat the oil. This will allow the dredge time to firmly adhere to the fish.

  6. When oil has come up to proper frying temperature, carefully add enough fish to fill bottom of pan with out crowding.
  7. Adjust temperature of burner up or down to maintain steady bubbling.
  8. Cook til bottom is Golden brown and turn. Let cook till that side is also golden brown.
  9. Remove fish from pan and cook any remaining fish.
  10. Drain well.

Freshly Prepared Fried Hushpuppies

Light and Tender Hushpuppies 

Recipe courtesy of Robert Wiley

(Hushpuppies are best made in the same pan that the fish was just fried in)

  • 3/4 cup Fine Corn Meal
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tea. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tea. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tea. Salt
  • 1 ea. Egg
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 tea. Bacon Drippings, melted
  • 1 ea. Jalapeno, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup Grated Onion


  1. Combine dry ingredients in bowl
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix to form thick batter. Let rest for about 30 minutes (or while frying the catfish) for best results.
  3. Drop from teaspoon into hot oil and fry til golden brown on both sides. 
  4. Remove and drain well.

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