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It's A Fish Fry


  • 2 pounds catfish fillets
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Essence
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups homemade mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup minced onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Juice of two lemons
  • 1 tablespoon Crystal hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • Jalapeno Hushpuppies
  • Maw Maws Slaw


  • Preheat the fryer. Marinate the fish in the seasoned buttermilk. In a mixing bowl, mix the cornmeal and flour together. Season the mixture with Essence, salt and pepper. Remove the fish from the buttermilk, removing any excess. Dredge each fish in the cornmeal, coating each side completely. Lay the fish in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season with Essence. In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, onions, shallots, garlic, lemon juice, hot sauce, and herbs together. Mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for 1 hour. Yield: 6 servings