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Secret Ingredient Fried Catfish

Pancake mix and carbonated water are the surprising secrets to these beautifully browned catfish fillets. Serve with coleslaw or sweet potato fries, and get ready for smiles. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons carbonated water
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 catfish fillets (6 ounces each)
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and water. In another shallow bowl, combine the pancake mix, seasoned salt and pepper. Dip fillets in egg mixture, then coat with seasoned pancake mix.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry fillets, a few at a time, for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 475 calories, 34g fat (5g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 386mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • cory1111
    May 21, 2018

    Hands down the best Fried Catfish I have ever eaten.

  • I_Fortuna
    Feb 12, 2016

    This is really best if baking soda is added. I may already be in your pancake mix but it will fizzle if left to stand too long and more will need to be added. The batter needs to be used immediately to be effective. : )

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Feb 20, 2015

    This is a real good tempura type batter. I also add 1/2 tea of turmeric to the dry ingredients to give the fried fish a beautiful golden color.

  • kjohnsn
    May 28, 2012

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