Southeast Dairy Association - Catfish Bites


Mississippi State Fried Catfish Bites with Spicy Yogurt Tartar Sauce

Buttermilk and spicy yogurt tartar sauce add zing to this southern-fried favorite.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time38 mins
Servings: 8


Catfish Bites

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • Pure vegetable oil
  • Garnish: Old Bay seasoning

Spicy Yogurt Tartar Sauce

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste


Catfish Bites

  • Whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning in a large bowl. Add catfish pieces. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours. Remove catfish from buttermilk mixture, discarding buttermilk mixture.
    Whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning in a medium bowl. Dredge catfish in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
    Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2-inches in a Dutch oven; heat to 360⁰. Fry catfish in batches 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown & the catfish is opaque. Remove from oil and drain on a rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with additional seasoning, if desired. Serve with Spicy Yogurt Tartar Sauce.

Spicy Yogurt Tartar Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients and stir into an even mixture.


Source of recipe: Rebecca Gordon, Buttermilk Lipstick
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