When growing up on the farm I remember riding my bike up the road to a creek that cut it’s way through the fields. It was called the Mud Run…appropriate name for this stretch of flowing water; it was shallow in most parts except for one spot by an old abandoned and broken bridge. The tree that grew on the bank of the creek by this spot was so big and full that it’s branches hung like giant arms over the water. This particular pool of water was at least four to five foot deep and the water was so cool that you could not resist jumping in….except when you had a line or two dropped to the bottom to catch some Catfish.
There was nothing better than going home with some Cats to fry…
Try my simple recipe with home made relish.
Pan Fried Catfish
by The Gourmet Farm Girl
1 pound of fresh catfish
2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
4-5 Tablespoons butter
1 egg beaten
1 tablespoon of The Gourmet Farm Girl Seafood Seasoning
Or salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Rinse cat fish in cold water; pat dry and sprinkle with seasoning (or salt and pepper) set side.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a cast iron skillet (any heavy skillet will work) pour the Panko crumbs into the butter and gently stir till the crumbs are lightly toasted. Remove from heat and pour onto a large plate.
Beat the egg in a medium size mixing bowl and dip the cat fish into the egg then in the crumbs to coat.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with the olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat; fry cat fish 3-4 minutes on each side till golden brown and breaks apart easily.
Mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1/4 cups pickle relish (or more depending on taste) I used my Zucchini relish that I made this summer. Pinch of red pepper, stir and serve
This recipe serves 2-3
Double if serving more
This is me…deep sea fishing on the family vacation 1968 off the coast of Florida.
I caught a King Mackerel…with a bit of help!
Have a great day!