I’ve never liked frying food at home. Fried Chicken, Nuggets, Fries.. what ever it was, I was not excited about. I mean I like to eat those kinds of things once in a while, but making them…I hated it.
Because, frying food at home usually went like this:
Drag 500 lb cast iron skillet from pantry and try not to hurt myself by dropping it
I mean…Carefully remove huge Cast Iron skillet from the shelf.
Heat oil slowly …which really means heat the oil as quickly as my stove top will heat it. Keep oil so hot that it starts to smoke. Set off fire alarm in house. Call dispatch and tell them not to send fire dept.
Dump hot oil.
Clean out Cast Iron Skillet. Add more oil. Slowly heat oil. Get annoyed because it’s taking to long.
Start frying thing slowly… get impatient but have overly paranoid fear of eating something raw… burn things.. give up.
Eat Something else.
Yep… haha that’s how it was. Until hubby got me a deep fryer for Christmas 🙂
Granted we’ve only used it twice since Christmas but that’s ok because I’m not trying to eat fried food everyday 🙂
But it is SO much easier with the deep fryer.
This recipe is from a cook book that my Mom and Dad Ordered for me after eating at Mrs. Rowe’s Family Restaurant & Bakery.
The Food was so good that my dad asked if they sold cookbooks, they did but you could only buy them online. So when they got back dad went online and bought me one for Christmas.
He knew I’d love it and he was right 🙂
So far I’ve made 3 or 4 recipes from the cookbook and they are delicious!
Adapted just a little from Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook
What you need:
3 eggs lightly beaten
4 cups milk
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup A1 Steak sauce
1 table spoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon freshly squesed lemon juice
3/4 cup seadfood breading mix
1/2 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon white pepper
Vegetable Oil (for frying)
Cut catfish into strips or nuggets.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, hot sauce, steak sauce, worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Stir well.
In a spereate bowl combine the seafood breading mix, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Place the catfish pieces into the egg mixture. Let them soak in this for a few minutes while the oil is heating up. (you can put it in the fridge, but I just left it on the counter because my oil heated in about 2-3 minutes)
Add the oil to the deep fryer and set the deep fryer to 350F.
Next, working with a few pieces at a time, dip the catfish into the breading mixture. Make sure that the pieces are well coated. Shake off an excess and drop a few pieces into the hot oil. (fry about 2 or 3 at a time, you don’t want to over crowd the pan and make the oil temperature drop)
Let them cook for 4-5 minutes, until they become golden brown. Cook longer if you want them to be extra crispy.
Remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and lay them on a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil. Repeat until all catfish pieces are done.