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Fried catfish with hushpuppies and chipotle dipping sauce | Homesick Texan

Fried catfish with hushpuppies and chipotle dipping sauce

Servings 4
Author Lisa Fain

Ingredients

Ingredients for the catfish:

  • 1 pound catfish fillets, cut into inch-wide strips
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Oil for frying

Ingredients for the hush puppies:

  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil or melted bacon drippings
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/3 cup diced onions

Ingredients for the chipotle-lime mayonnaise:

  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. To prepare the catfish, salt and pepper the fillets with half the salt and pepper. Put the cornmeal on a plate and stir in the remaining salt and pepper. Beat the eggs and milk together in a bowl. Dip the fillets in egg-milk mixture and then dredge in cornmeal, covering both sides.


  2. To make the hush puppy batter, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together the milk and egg and stir into the dried mixture until well combined. Add the oil, jalapeño, and onion and stir until well combined.


  3. Line a sheet pan with paper towels. Heat up about 3-inches of oil in an iron skillet or a Dutch oven.
  4. You’ll want to cook the hush puppies first, so they won’t taste fishy. To cook, working in batches, add tablespoon-sized balls of dough in hot oil, until crisp and golden brown (about 2 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon to the paper-lined sheet.


  5. To cook the fish, place battered fish into hot oil and cook 4 minutes, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon tot he paper-lined sheet.


  6. To make the chipotle-lime mayonnaise, stir together the chipotle chiles, lime juice, mayonnaise, and cilantro.


  7. Serve the catfish and hush puppies warm with the chipotle-lime mayonnaise.