Fried Catfish with Fried Bread-and-Butter Pickles

Fried Catfish and Fried Pickles

Cornmeal adds the perfect crunch to this classic fried catfish.

Fried Catfish and Fried Bread-and-Butter Pickles
Makes about 6 servings
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  1. 2 cups whole buttermilk, divided
  2. 2 teaspoons hot sauce, divided
  3. 3 cups plain white or yellow cornmeal
  4. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  5. 11⁄2 tablespoons kosher salt
  6. 11⁄2 teaspoons garlic powder
  7. 11⁄2 teaspoons paprika
  8. 1 (24-ounce) jar bread-and-butter pickle slices, drained
  9. Vegetable oil, for frying
  10. 6 (6-ounce) catfish fillets
  11. Lemon wedges
  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup buttermilk and 1 teaspoon hot sauce. In a large, shallow dish, whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt, garlic powder, and paprika. Working in batches, dip pickle slices into buttermilk mixture, then into cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess. Discard buttermilk mixture; reserve remaining flour mixture.
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet, pour oil to a depth of 2 inches, and heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°. Fry pickles in batches until golden brown, about 2 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon, and let drain on paper towels.
  3. Discard buttermilk mixture. In same bowl, combine remaining 1 cup buttermilk and remaining 1 teaspoon hot sauce. Repeat procedure with fish; cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes, turning occasionally. Let drain on paper towels. Serve with fried pickles and lemon wedges.
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