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How To Fry Catfish Fillets Without Cornmeal

Fry Catfish Fillets? let’s do it.

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This post is all about how to cook crispy catfish fillets every single time without using any cornmeal. Pure golden brown and delicious catfish!

People even have catfish as their source of livelihood.
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This cooking method that my family makes always have fresh crunchy crispy sounds whenever it has been cooked newly.

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Having fresh fish produce works well for a simple yet gorgeous dish.

catfish fresh and washed

I always believe when you are using fresh high quality ingredients you will get the best results.

I know some of you not liking to have any fishy smell or taste feeling fishy when eating catfish.

Enjoy newly fried catfish while freshly cooked!

cover lid for frying

In that way the pot cover lid gets the popped out oil and you kitchen will not be messy.

Cooking hack tip

Before cooking you need to be careful as hot oils might pop out while cooking it does this because of the oil and water being drop or mixed together.

Pro Tip for crispy fried catfish that is better quality than restaurant

While I was frying the catfish I use a glass lid for cover as they can spike hot oil which is very dangerous. Have your pot lid ready to avoid any messy cleanups after.

delicious catfish in metal basket oil drip

By covering the pot you can seal in a smoke that can help the catfish.

All through out inside making it juicy cooked through out and crunchy outside.

zoom clear picture of fried catfish crunchy and not soggy How To Fry Catfish Fillets Without Cornmeal

They say southern fried catfish taste good.



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I believe having fresh caught fish and simple salt and pepper goes above and beyond.

drip oil in surface to make it crunchy fish

Much more delicious than frying with cornmeal or batter with milk.

catfish side of silver basket How To Fry Catfish Fillets Without Cornmeal

We have been eating this fried catfish cooking method for many years, loved by everyone this classic family meal.

Yield: 6

Fried Catfish Fillets

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Filipino style hito or catfish crispy and crunchy cooking style technique that is so easy and no additional ingredients needed. Fry along as I teach you how I achieve this simple and surprisingly uncomplicated goodness.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 0.5 kilogram Catfish
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 cups cooking oil


  1. Fresh catfish on a mixing bowl and put salt and pepper
  2. Next, Put cooking oil in the pan
  3. Wait for the cooking oil to heat up and start frying the catfish.
  4. Cover immediately with a pot lid
  5. Wait for about 10 minutes each side to cook through amounting to 20 minutes in low to medium heat.


Pot lid is the key as it steams and help the fish being cooked through and the oil to help crispen it up. Make sure to pat dry the catfish before frying.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 781Total Fat 81gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 70gCholesterol 55mgSodium 276mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 15g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

This is best paired with my Eggplant Tomato Onion Salad Recipe (VIDEO STEPS) you can check it out too.

This post has been the ways and how I prepare my fried catfish fillets with equipment you need with video step by step guide on cooking for your family.

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4 thoughts on “How To Fry Catfish Fillets Without Cornmeal”

  1. Samantha Balkaran

    I’ve never tried catfish before because of how intimidating it seems to cook! But I’ll definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing!

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