Jim Hagy of Chef's Market shared a catfish recipe from his family's restaurant in Shiloh TN - Hagy's Catfish Hotel. (see recipe below)The Catfish Hotel is located at 1140 Hagy Lane
Shiloh, Tennessee. For more information, call (731) 689-3327 or visit www.catfishhotel.com
Tennessee Fried Catfish (serves 4)
2 quarts peanut oil
3 cups fine corn meal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup salt
1 tsp white pepper
2 quarts ice cold water
8 catfish fillets, 7-8 ounces each
· Heat the peanut oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven over high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer.
· Cut excess fat from the catfish fillet; place in ice cold water.
· Whisk the cornmeal, flour and salt together in a shallow dish. Lift the catfish from the water allow the excess water to drip off. Lightly dredge the catfish in the breading mixture.
· Gently add the fillets, two at a time, to the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the fried fillets to a cooling rack set over a paper towel lined pan.
· Repeat method with remaining fillets. Arrange the catfish on a serving platter and serve immediately.
Tip: Not all catfish are the same. If possible, know the source. Look for catfish that have a very firm flesh and little fat and, of course, no fishy smell. The best catfish come from well-circulated ponds and rivers. If buying farm raised catfish, look for never frozen, U.S. pond (preferably from Mississippi) raised only.