Arkansas Fried Catfish Recipe | RTX Traveler Magazine

Easy to catch and excellent to eat, catfish are abundant in the streams, lakes and rivers of Arkansas, which explains why the state loves fried catfish. Found at almost every restaurant and convenient store, it’s quite possibly more popular than their beloved barbecue.

With catfish available in supermarkets around the country it’s also a dish anyone can make any time of year, so take a look at his simple and delicious recipe for Arkansas fried catfish.


2 pounds catfish fillets

3 oz. Louisiana hot sauce

4 cups milk

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Peanut oil



When selecting catfish fillets be sure to look for look for liquid on the fish. If it’s clear the fish is fresh, if the liquid is milky beware.



Marinate catfish 1 to 2 hours in a mixture of hot sauce and milk. Remove fish and drain.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large plastic bag. Add the fish a little at a time and shake to coat.

Cook the fish in 2 inches of peanut oil in a frying pan heated to 365 degrees. Fry about 5 to 6 minutes until the thickest part of the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining fish.

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