Simple but delicious southern fried catfish recipe.
In a large heavy-bottomed pot, like a Dutch oven, pour in 2 inches of cooking. Let the temperature rise to 350 degrees over a medium-high heat.
While the oil is heating up, whisk the buttermilk and hot sauce together in a large bowl. Place the catfish fillets in the bowl and let them soak for 15 minutes.
As the oil is heating up and the fish are soaking up the liquid, combine the flour, cornmeal, Old Bay seasoning and 2 Tablespoons of salt in a large bowl.
Take the catfish out of the buttermilk mixture and allow any excess liquid to drain off. Next, add the catfish fillets to the flour mixture. Coat each piece thoroughly on all sides, tapping off any excess flour. Transfer the fillets to a plate.
Very carefully set 2 or 3 fillets at a time into the hot oil and let them fry. When the fish is cooked through, the breading will be crispy. This should take between 7 and 8 minutes. Transfer these fillets to a plate lined with a couple of paper towels. Add another 2 or 3 fillets and season the cooked pieces with salt. Serve them while they're hot.