When I was growing up my family had a catfish restaurant, it was an all-you-can-eat restaurant and it was really good food. I had no idea how much I would miss it when it was gone. Luckily since moving back to Oklahoma we have lots of opportunities for fishing.
Earlier this summer, the guys caught a huge catfish, well huge in my book, it was like 20 lbs! We ate catfish for days and enjoyed every bite. I experimented with fixing it different ways and one of my favorites of course, was beer battered and deep fried. Oh yeah.
I had a nice catfish filet in the freezer and on Memorial Day I decided to fry it up. I made a simple batter for the catfish and deep fried it. I did the fish frying on the back porch for the first time. It was hotter than hades outside but my house did not smell of fried fish for days after! I will be doing that again!
We normally have fried catfish, slaw, hushpuppies and tarter sauce but I decided to change it up a bit just for fun. I made sandwiches but not like the drive-thru fish sandwiches.
I buttered and toasted whole wheat hoagie buns, piled them high with the beer battered catfish, topped it off with piles of Red Pepper-Garlic Slaw. We also love adding tartar sauce to our catfish po boys!
Cody declared it was the best thing he had ever put in his mouth. I love it when they say that. Actually, it was really amazing and something I will make again and again.
We also love these crispy Fish Sticks for a quick weeknight dinner. Easy to make with any firm fish that you have on hand.
Heat oil to 350 degrees F. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, sugar and salt together until smooth. Add slaw and red pepper and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Lightly butter the hoagie buns and toast lightly.
For the Fish
For Red Pepper-Garlic Slaw
For the Fish
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cornmeal, salt and Mrs. Dash. Whisk in beer until well combined and no lumps remain.
Dip fish into batter and fry in batches for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined baking sheet.
For the Slaw
For the sandwiches
Add fried fish to rolls and top with slaw.
Heat oil to 350 degrees F.
Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, sugar and salt together until smooth. Add slaw and red pepper and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Lightly butter the hoagie buns and toast lightly.
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