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Catfish Sandwich

This tribute to a great Southern staple does fried catfish serious justice. A creative Cajun coleslaw tops perfectly fried fish for a sandwich you won’t be able to get enough of. —Ann Baker, Texarkana, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3-3/4 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons seafood cocktail sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 catfish fillets (6 ounces each)
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 4 hoagie buns, split


  • In a large bowl, toss the coleslaw ingredients; set aside.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, Cajun seasoning and seafood seasoning. Place buttermilk in another shallow bowl. Dip fish in buttermilk, then coat with cornmeal mixture.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1/4 in. of oil to 375°. Cook fillets for 2-3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels.
  • Place fish and coleslaw on bun bottoms; replace bun tops.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 879 calories, 57g fat (8g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 1283mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • tendedempress
    Aug 11, 2013

    Is there a way to make this sandwich LESS fattening? Bc it is almost an entire day's calorie intake, I do not think I would be able to enjoy this at all! Any modification suggestions?

  • Zombiebaby
    Feb 23, 2012

    This was delicious! I made the mistake of buying basically whole catfish minus flesh and a head so once I managed to cut filets out of them it was really quick to prepare. I will definitely make this again.

  • MouseladyinTX
    Feb 16, 2012

    I made this when I got my Feb/Mar 2011 issue of Simple & Delicious. This recipe is so great. The coleslaw makes the sandwich. My 13-year-old grandson said "I don't like catfish." I asked him to take a bite of my sandwich. He was over making his own after one bite. He told me to be sure and keep the recipe. I have made this a couple of times since and it will stay in my binder of "Favorite Family Recipes"

  • MouseladyinTX
    Feb 15, 2012

    I have made these several times since they first appeared in the March 2011 issue of Simple and Delicious. They are a big hit in my family. The coleslaw is what really makes this dish. I always have coleslaw left over and enjoy eating it by itself.