Gopher's Breading for Deep Fried Catfish

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"Here's what Gopher says: Serve with fries fries or potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, corn on the cob and cold brew. I say: This breading is a great one for frying catfish in, but you can use it for any other firm fish too. Just enough kick to keep you interested, but if you don't like hot just don't add in the seasoning. This mix can be doubled easily and stored in a Zip-Loc bag or plastic container for several months, so you can have it on hand when the need arises."

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (141.9 g)
  • Calories 481.1
  • Total Fat - 3.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 3505.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 101 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.1 g
  • Sugars - 1.1 g
  • Protein - 12.7 g
  • Calcium - 76.6 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Mix dry ingredients and add to a square tupperwear bowl or a gallon zip lock bag.

Step 2

Dip catfish in a mild egg mixture and shake off excess mixture.

Step 3

Drop pieces of fish into the coating mix in the Zip-Loc bag or plastic bowl with cover on and shake until catfish are well coated.

Step 4

Shake off excess dry coating and place on a plate.

Step 5

Put 1 inch of oil in a large cast iron frying pan or use a deep fryer, and heat to 350 degrees. If using the stove heat on high heat until the oil comes to temperature, then turn down to medium-high. Fill the pan/fryer quickly with the catfish, and fry until golden brown (If using a frying pan cook on one side until golden brown then flip over and brown the other side).

Step 6

When fish are golden brown, drain on a paper towel lined platter, and serve hot.


No special items needed.

6 Reviews


Such a great tasting crust for fish. We like the heat so I made sure I added a little more than was called for to keep us Southern folks happy! We had seasoned fries and coleslaw with our fish for one delightful fish fry!


review by:
(31 Mar 2021)


Love the delicious coating and the ease of making it! Great on any white fish and I return to it often.


review by:
(3 Jun 2019)

Chef shapeweaver

I made this recipe on 2/9 to coat some flounder. And my SO and I enjoyed this coating immensely.Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "


review by:
(10 Feb 2014)


A fantastic breading DH really enjoyed. Thanks for sharing this recipe here.


review by:
(6 Feb 2014)


This is a great breading for catfish and I loved it so well, that after having it the first time I invited my family over for a fish feed and they loved it too! The fish came out golden brown and it had great flavors goin on! I made up the recipe for Tony's for the heck of it to try and it was really good too. I did use the 4 tablespoons because I like a little spice. This will be on hand in my cupboard ready to go when I need it!


review by:
(29 Mar 2013)


I had some frozen white perch from a fishing trip that we made last summer and I wanted to use up the fish before they went bad. This breading was great and the fish came out golden brown and were delicious! My friends from Georgia loved them too. We had the fish along with our Southern themed dinner. Thanks!


review by:
(11 May 2012)

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