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Lemon pepper hot dipped catfish.

Ingredients

4–6 catfish fillets (1 1/2–2 pounds each)

1 gallon buttermilk

3/4 cup cornmeal (plain)

1/2 cup flour (all-purpose)

garlic powder (three tablespoons)

3 tblsp. seasoning (lemon pepper)

For frying, use vegetable or peanut oil.

Instructions

Rinse the catfish fillets in cold water and pat them dry lightly. In a shallow dish, pour the buttermilk and coat the fillets in it; put aside.

Combine the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, and lemon-pepper seasoning in a small bowl. Allow any remaining buttermilk to drip off each filet before coating in the breading mixture and lightly pressing to ensure a thick crust. Allow for a 5- to 10-minute recovery period.
Fill a deep cast-iron skillet with oil until it’s about halfway full. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side in batches until golden brown and cooked through. Over paper towels, drain on a wire rack. Serve right away.

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