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Fried Catfish...Yes or No?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 2HBStrat, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. JL_LI

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    Catfish is something I’d eat with trepidation. They’re bottom feeders and we’ve polluted where they live. What’s served in restaurants is farmed and may or may not be much better. I’ll have to group this with used to eat.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    what is this, a trick question?

    please pass the hot sauce
     
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    you do freaking not
     
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    If you ever get the chance .
     
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    Mmmmmmm, heck yeah. It has been over 30 years since I've had catfish though.:( My last one was Cajun style.:)
     
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    Absolutely. You can take the boy out of Tejas, etc. My uncle used to catch great ones for us on Lake Tawakoni. It’s something I make sure to get anytime I’m back there or in the south.

    I’d lose the baked potato, onion, and coleslaw, sub in fries and *maybe* a cup of pintos or black-eyed peas if the filet is small. If you get enough fish, it’s fine with just fries and a wedge of lemon to this guy, same as our friends across the pond.

    The old man’s roots are in Louisiana, we had it that way a lot too. It’s so good blackened.
     
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    That looks SO good! Fish camps like this are quickly disappearing. 10 years ago, there were at least 3 I could drive to from my house in Northeast Georgia. Now I know of one, near the South Carolina border.
     
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    Yes!!!!
     
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    Some are, some arent. Channels and blues are not. "Muds" and "yellows" are and they do taste strong. The old man preferred a stronger taste. We didnt fight over those. Especially if i threw those back, lol.
     
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    Catfish out of the L.A. river.

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    love catfish... and pretty much any fish. fried? well, hell yeah! but almost anyway is good.

    Love hush puppies too...
     
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    I’ve never had catfish before. Neither have I eaten hush puppies. I guess I just have to try it. One thing is for sure, the catfish will NOT be poached!
     
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    Best catfish I ever had was at the old Nauvoo Inn in Nauvoo, Illinois. Perfectly breaded and fried. It was buffet style, so you could get all kinds of sides to go with it.

    Next best catfish was when I went to a fish fry with my grandfather, probably for one of the coops they run in that part of the country.

    All the other catfish I've had since has unfortunately been not so good.

    Personally, I would rather catch a mess of crappies or yellow perch and have a fish fry at home.
     
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    As maybe the lone decenter, I do not eat catfish. I used to when I was a kid in Alabama, because I would eat anything that would hold still long enough for me to eat it. Sometimes it comes up that some of our people want to go to a catfish place, and I just have to say no thank you. There's, or at least before the storm, there used to be a pretty well known place in town that was strictly catfish, but I never ate there. Monkey brains on the half shell, catfish, all about the same to me.
     
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    I agree, the texture is too fine to support poaching, unless you are making a gumbo. I recommend pan frying, or blackened.
     
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    +1. Never seen catfish in Canuckistan. The freshwater fish I get are trout and Kokanee salmon -- I have a retired neighbour who has a cabin on a lake and he gives me fish in exchange for looking after his house. Dare I ask, how do they compare to catfish? I usually take those fish, cleaned, and fill them with lemon slices and fresh herbs, wrap in foil, and cook them outside on the grill.
     
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    Yes, it does! I think I'll have some tonight!
     
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    I love fried catfish. I like other fish broiled, blackened, or grilled. But fried is best for catfish.
    When I lived in California, the best place for fried catfish was my house. I would buy several pounds of Delta Pride from Costco and fry it up in a cast iron pot. Since I moved back to Tennessee, I have lots of great options for catfish restaurants.
    The one thing I can't do to save my life is make a decent hushpuppy. Mine are either overcooked, or done on the outside but not the inside. I've tried several different recipes and experimented with oil temperatures, but they just don't come out the way I like them - golden brown on the outside, and moist and chewy inside with the right amount of onion, corn, and jalapeno mixed in.
     
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    That's a big 10-4 from middle Tennessee.
     
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