Catfish is the common name for about 2200 species of fish. They are found throughout the world with many in South America. Mostly nocturnal scavengers, they live near the bottom of lakes and ponds in shallow waters. Most inhabit fresh water. Catfish are ranked the fifth most eaten fish in the U.S. All states and regions eat it. In the U.S. catfish can grow to weigh up to 150 lbs. They have no scales, but they do have whiskers. The channel cat (a type of catfish is very popular in the South. Currently catfish account for about one-half of the aquaculture production in the United States.

Mississippi has extensive catfish farms for commercial sales.

Fried Catfish Fillets
  • Catfish fillets
  • Yellow corn meal
  • Salt and pepper
  • Peanut oil

Put catfish fillets in cold water. Season corn meal with salt and pepper. Put fillets in corn meal and coat thoroughly. Fry in hot oil. Turn fish once. Drain on paper towels or brown bags. Serve with french fries, slaw, hushpuppies, ketchup, tartar sauce, and lemons.

For more information on this Soup-to-Nuts dish, please contact Ms. Brenda Scott at Booneville Middle School in Booneville, Mississippi.

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