Catfish and Hush Puppies “With Obama Care You Can Still Afford To Eat”


It is time to fry. Few dishes say Southern more than fried catfish, and this Nashville-style Hot Catfish simply shows why Southerners have known this was a delicacy for so long.

Once you have your first bite, you simply won’t be able to put the fork down. It’ll take 24 hours to soak the catfish in buttermilk and hot sauce, but when it comes out and gets covered in flour it is ready to go into the hot oil and come out crisp and ready to be devoured.

Your fish will fry to a light and flaky wonder. Give it just a light dusting of salt, and if you think it needs a little more heat, drizzle on as much hot sauce as you dare. Grab some napkins, and dig in.

656974f492c47f58be21f1518c73cb2bNashville-Style Hot Catfish


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 (5-oz.) bottle habanero hot sauce
  • 3 pounds small catfish fillets
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together buttermilk and hot sauce in a large bowl. Add catfish. Cover and chill 24 hours.

  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Remove catfish from buttermilk mixture, discarding mixture. Dredge catfish in flour mixture, shaking off excess.

  3. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large, deep skillet; heat to 325°. Fry catfish, in batches, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and fish flakes with a fork. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve with additional hot sauce, if desired.

  4. Note: We tested with Tabasco Habanero Sauce.

  5. Try This Twist!

  6. Nashville-Style Hot Chicken: Substitute 3 lb. chicken drumsticks for catfish. Proceed with recipe as directed through Step Preheat oven to 350°. Pour oil to the depth of 1 inch into a large, deep skillet; heat to 325°. Fry drumsticks, in batches, 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Transfer to a wire rack in, a jelly-roll pan. Bake 15 minutes or until done. Hands-on Time: 40 min.; Total Time: 55 min., plus 24 hr. for chilling.


Good Ole Southern Hush Puppies

“I love a fried plate with Nashville-Style Hot Catfish and jalapeño pepper-seasoned Southern Hush Puppies. A nod to growing up enjoying Florida fish fries and loving spicy food.”

If you were raised on fried hush puppies made with a mix of all-purpose flour and cornmeal, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the light texture and bold flavors of this all-cornmeal version.


  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture.

  2. Whisk together buttermilk and eggs; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Let mixture stand 30 minutes.

  3. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°.

  4. Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls into hot oil. Fry, in batches, 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on wire racks over paper towels; serve hot.

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