Lemon Pepper Hot Dipped Catfish

This Lemon Pepper Hot Dipped Catfish is a delightful combination of tangy lemon, zesty pepper, and a hint of heat, all perfectly balanced to enhance the flavor of fresh catfish. Serve with your favorite sides for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Ingredients

  • Catfish Fillets:
  • 4 catfish fillets (about 6-8 ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Marinade:
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Breading:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • For Frying:
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)
  • Fresh parsley (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Marinade:
  • In a large bowl, mix buttermilk, hot sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Add the catfish fillets to the marinade, ensuring they are fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 4 hours for more flavor).
  1. Prepare the Breading:
  • In a shallow dish, combine flour, cornmeal, lemon pepper seasoning, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), and salt. Mix well.
  1. Breading the Catfish:
  • Remove the catfish fillets from the marinade, letting any excess drip off.
  • Dredge each fillet in the breading mixture, pressing lightly to ensure an even coating. Place the breaded fillets on a plate and let them sit for about 10 minutes to set the breading.
  1. Frying the Catfish:
  • Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  • Fry the catfish fillets in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the fried catfish to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  1. Prepare the Dipping Sauce:
  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, hot sauce, lemon zest, black pepper, and salt. Mix well until smooth.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the fried catfish hot with lemon wedges, dipping sauce, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
  • Enjoy your Lemon Pepper Hot Dipped Catfish with your favorite sides!

Tips:

  • For an extra layer of flavor, you can sprinkle additional lemon pepper seasoning over the catfish right after frying.
  • Pair with coleslaw, fries, or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

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