Easy Indiana Catfish Recipe

I was talking with my brother yesterday and was reminded of an easy catfish recipe that I will give you below. We were invited to a farm not far from us for a cook out and we saw three boys heading into the woods with fishing rods. We asked our host where they were going and he said we should follow in the general direction they went. There would be large pond about a 1/4 mile in.

David and I decided to check it out. Sure enough, after about 15 minutes of walking we came to pond and a good sized one at that. It was about 100 yards across and 300 yards long and surprisingly had very little moss. The boys had a can of worms they had dug up and were having a good time catching bluegill.

It was very similar to the pond where my brother and I learned how to fish from my father. I spent my entire childhood in one location, Plainfield, Indiana and there were many ponds to choose from but that first one was always my favorite. You could always catch catfish, bluegill and the occasional bass.

When we would get home mom would take the fish, making a big deal out how good we were for providing dinner. These dinners were always special and here is one of my favorite recipes from those times.


4 catfish fillets
1/3 milk
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 large egg
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
vegetable oil

Combine cornmeal, flour, salt and black pepper to taste.

Combine the milk and egg in a separate bowl.

Heat a 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet. Oil should be about 350 degrees.

Dip catfish in egg and cover with cornmeal, flour mixture.

Place fillets in skillet and cook about 5 minutes on each side or until fish turns a golden brown color.

Remove and drain on paper towels.

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