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1/2 pound fresh catfish filets per person
peanut oil
2-1/2 pounds yellow corn meal
6 ounces ground cayenne pepper
8 ounces dry mustard
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper


Mix together meal, cayenne & black peppers, dry mustard, garlic powder and salt, This will make more batter than you can use at one time. May be kept in freezer. Put peanut oil in a deep fryer (approximately 5 inches deep). Be sure not to overfill pan with oil so that it will boil over the top while frying fish. Heat oil until a strike anywhere match ignites when dropped into the oil. Care should be used not to overheat oil (Oil will start smoking if it gets too hot). Rinse fish with water so fish are moist. Put some of the meal mixture into a gallon size baggie. Put 3 or 4 fish filets into the bag & shake until coated with meal mixture. Drop into heated oil (extreme care should be taken). Cook until fish are brown & all moisture has cooked out. Fish will float to top of oil. Drain on paper towels placed in bottom of a large brown paper bag. You can cook hush puppies and French fries in the same oil. This will help clean the oil. Allow oil to cool and strain. May be used several times.

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