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CatPat 12-07-2013 07:58 PM

Fried Catfish
 
This is not my recipe, but it seems to be very good! We are cooking this now.

Fried Catfish Recipe | Simply Recipes

I'll let you know if this is good.

With love,
~Cat

Katie H 12-07-2013 08:17 PM

Sounds good. Fried catfish is one of the specialties of many or our local restaurants. The recipe points out some important things to do when preparing it, such as making sure the oil is plenty hot. Very important.

The seasonings sound good except, for my personal taste, I would leave out the celery seed and cut back a bit on the cayenne.

There's a restaurant near where Glenn and I live that makes the absolute best fried catfish.

Oh, yum! Now I want fried catfish.:rolleyes:

Addie 12-07-2013 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Katie H (Post 1324907)
Sounds good. Fried catfish is one of the specialties of many or our local restaurants. The recipe points out some important things to do when preparing it, such as making sure the oil is plenty hot. Very important.

The seasonings sound good except, for my personal taste, I would leave out the celery seed and cut back a bit on the cayenne.

There's a restaurant near where Glenn and I live that makes the absolute best fried catfish.

Oh, yum! Now I want fried catfish.:rolleyes:

I have tried wild and farm catfish. They both leave a taste of gasoline in my mouth. One of the things I definitely don't like is every time I tried it, the cook used only cornmeal. Too gritty! I guess I just didn't live in the South long enough to develop a taste for it. You can have my helping. :angel:

cave76 12-08-2013 11:55 AM

Fried catfish is my very personal choice for the BEST fish around! I would choose it over salmon, trout---- any other fish! Add a few hush puppies to the menu---- heaven! Of course we caught our own. Maybe store bought is different.

(Forgot to add---- you have to drink Dr. Pepper soda with it.)

That's my story and I'm stickin' with it.

CraigC 12-08-2013 12:41 PM

A deep fried catfish Po'Boy, dressed!:yum:

cave76 12-08-2013 01:12 PM

I've read, and don't know if it's true or not, that if you put a catfish in clear water for a day that it will wash out all the muddy taste. They ARE bottom feeders so mud is their milieu. But we never had to do that with the catfish we caught. Go figure.

Catfish are true survivors----- even out of water the poor things will continue to breath for a long time. That's why we always killed them quickly, and as humanely as possible, the minute we took them off the hook.

Dawgluver 12-08-2013 01:38 PM

Living along the Mighty Mississippi, catfish here is a staple. I've not had a muddy tasting one, folks around here know how to fix them.

GotGarlic 12-08-2013 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Addie (Post 1324917)

I have tried wild and farm catfish. They both leave a taste of gasoline in my mouth. One of the things I definitely don't like is every time I tried it, the cook used only cornmeal. Too gritty! I guess I just didn't live in the South long enough to develop a taste for it. You can have my helping. :angel:

Catfish isn't my favorite, either. It tastes really fatty to me.

I wonder if the ones you had used coarse cornmeal. Finely ground cornmeal shouldn't taste gritty, and that's preferable, as the recipe says.

Addie 12-08-2013 07:24 PM

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Originally Posted by GotGarlic (Post 1325174)
Catfish isn't my favorite, either. It tastes really fatty to me.

I wonder if the ones you had used coarse cornmeal. Finely ground cornmeal shouldn't taste gritty, and that's preferable, as the recipe says.

My taste buds are developed for the Northeast food I grew up with. I had a hard time finding food I would eat when I moved to Texas. Living up in the NW in Tacoma it was a little easier. They had foods that were somewhat close to what I grew up with. There are two military bases there with personnel from all over the country. So it was pretty easy to find the foods I knew in grocery stores. I love cornbread. But it has to be made New England style. With sugar and more flour than corn meal, unless it is finely ground corn meal. More like a cake, than a gritty meal. :angel:

CatPat 12-08-2013 10:11 PM

This was very good! I did believe this would find some avoidance, for catfish is a different type of taste, yes?

I do love this forum for so very many opinions and ideas!

When we post of these recipes, has anyone gotten angry over a recipe or has anyone berated anyone who posted a recipe?

I'm just very curious of this. For me, I just love all of you and if one tries my posted recipe, it's very nice, and for those who don't, it's very nice also!

Many people have certain tastes. I do thank you all for your honesty.

With love,
~Cat

taxlady 12-08-2013 10:47 PM

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Originally Posted by CatPat (Post 1325314)
This was very good! I did believe this would find some avoidance, for catfish is a different type of taste, yes?

I do love this forum for so very many opinions and ideas!

When we post of these recipes, has anyone gotten angry over a recipe or has anyone berated anyone who posted a recipe?

I'm just very curious of this. For me, I just love all of you and if one tries my posted recipe, it's very nice, and for those who don't, it's very nice also!

Many people have certain tastes. I do thank you all for your honesty.

With love,
~Cat

Well, I don't think anyone got angry, but we did get a bit of a heated discussion over "goulash". It turns out there are two very distinct kinds. "Hungarian Goulash" (Goulash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) and "American goulash" (American goulash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

We also might get a bit heated if someone insists that their recipe is the only authentic version of something or is the absolute, best version thereof.

GA Home Cook 12-09-2013 06:19 AM

My church does an outreach fish fry every May. We get the fish from a fishing tournament in memory of my best friend who was a big fisherman. There is always about 4 frying stations for both catfish and crappie. My favorite station marinates the fish in Texas Pete and buttermilk, heavy on the Texas Pete, then dredges in cornmeal. We only have one cornmeal in Georgia (Martha White). Add some slaw and some sweet tea. UMMMMMMMMM.

Roll_Bones 12-09-2013 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Addie (Post 1324917)
I have tried wild and farm catfish. They both leave a taste of gasoline in my mouth. One of the things I definitely don't like is every time I tried it, the cook used only cornmeal. Too gritty! I guess I just didn't live in the South long enough to develop a taste for it. You can have my helping. :angel:

You must have a very big issue with taste Addie if the fish tasted like gasoline? Or the fish was actually soaked in gasoline! :lol:
Have you ever tasted gasoline to know how it should taste? :yum: LOL.

Catfish to me is less fishy tasting than many other fishes. Its pure white and its flavor is very mild.
I also do not like cornmeal coatings. But I do like House Autry™ seafood breader mix. I think its fine white corn meal and flour at 50% each, with seasoning. Pretty good for store bought.

Has catfish always tasted like gas, or was it just this one time?

Addie 12-09-2013 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Roll_Bones (Post 1325477)
You must have a very big issue with taste Addie if the fish tasted like gasoline? Or the fish was actually soaked in gasoline! :lol:
Have you ever tasted gasoline to know how it should taste? :yum: LOL.

Catfish to me is less fishy tasting than many other fishes. Its pure white and its flavor is very mild.
I also do not like cornmeal coatings. But I do like House Autry™ seafood breader mix. I think its fine white corn meal and flour at 50% each, with seasoning. Pretty good for store bought.

Has catfish always tasted like gas, or was it just this one time?

Have you ever filled the tank on a lawn mower? Filled a tank on a tractor? Ever suctioned out gasoline from one tank and failed to pull the hose out of your mouth in time? Well, when you do, often times the fumes come back at you and you can get taste of the gasoline in your mouth. :angel:

Roll_Bones 12-16-2013 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Addie (Post 1325495)
Have you ever filled the tank on a lawn mower? Filled a tank on a tractor? Ever suctioned out gasoline from one tank and failed to pull the hose out of your mouth in time? Well, when you do, often times the fumes come back at you and you can get taste of the gasoline in your mouth. :angel:

Yes to all above. I was joking with you. But its weird that catfish tasted like gasoline. Call me crazy i guess.

Addie 12-16-2013 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Roll_Bones (Post 1327450)
Yes to all above. I was joking with you. But its weird that catfish tasted like gasoline. Call me crazy i guess.

The catfish I had tasted was caught in a large fresh water lake. One where a lot of boating goes on. Considering that, I am not surprised it had the taste of gasoline. :angel:

CatPat 12-16-2013 03:34 PM

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Originally Posted by taxlady (Post 1325329)
Well, I don't think anyone got angry, but we did get a bit of a heated discussion over "goulash". It turns out there are two very distinct kinds. "Hungarian Goulash" (Goulash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) and "American goulash" (American goulash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

We also might get a bit heated if someone insists that their recipe is the only authentic version of something or is the absolute, best version thereof.

But of course my recipes are perfect and authentic! I steal them from other people.

:lol:

With love,
~Cat

Steve Kroll 12-16-2013 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by CatPat (Post 1325314)
When we post of these recipes, has anyone gotten angry over a recipe or has anyone berated anyone who posted a recipe?

Although it's never easy to tell when you can't see someone's face. I don't recall anyone ever getting truly angry. Having said that, people often have very strong opinions on things related to food.

But I suppose that's why this forum is called Discuss Cooking. :smile:

GotGarlic 12-16-2013 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Addie (Post 1327492)
The catfish I had tasted was caught in a large fresh water lake. One where a lot of boating goes on. Considering that, I am not surprised it had the taste of gasoline. :angel:

From up-thread:

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Originally Posted by Addie (Post 1324917)
I have tried wild and farm catfish. They both leave a taste of gasoline in my mouth.

This does not compute :wink:

CraigC 12-16-2013 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Addie (Post 1327492)
The catfish I had tasted was caught in a large fresh water lake. One where a lot of boating goes on. Considering that, I am not surprised it had the taste of gasoline. :angel:

Petroleum products float on the surface and catfish are bottom dwellers. Never the tween shall meet.:rolleyes: However, if the person who caught the catfish, tossed them in the bilge, maybe.

Addie 12-16-2013 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by CraigC (Post 1327520)
Petroleum products float on the surface and catfish are bottom dwellers. Never the tween shall meet.:rolleyes: However, if the person who caught the catfish, tossed them in the bilge, maybe.

Eventually, as proven in the Williams Sound and the Gulf Coast spills, the petroleum products do end up at the bottom. :angel:

jennyema 12-16-2013 06:19 PM

Unless you know the source of your catfish and tilapia, it could be farmed in filthy conditions overseas.

powerplantop 12-16-2013 07:31 PM

Most catfish farmed in the US is feed floating feed to help prevent them from tasting muddy. Samples (a few fish) are taken a day or two before harvesting to check for off flavors and smell.

First test is to cut one open and smell.

Second test put some in a microwave and cook it (no seasoning). They smell it (a real bad one you can smell cooking) then taste it.

The biggest culprit of off catfish is oxygen content in the water. When they are under stress from low oxygen they will taste off.

I will only buy US raised catfish.

I will not buy any animal farmed in China. In the last year all tilapia I have seen has been from China. I do not buy it and do not order it in restaurants.

When in South America I will buy S. American farmed tilapia.


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