Cornmeal Fried Fish

Catfish is traditionally breaded in cornmeal and fried, but try this with any white fish fillet.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1½ cups (12 oz.) frozen French fries
  • 1½ tsp. salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 lbs. fish fillets, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 medium lemon, cut into wedges


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Spread French fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and bake an additional 7–10 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Sprinkle with ½ tsp. salt.
  • Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, the remaining teaspoon salt, and pepper. In another shallow bowl, combine egg and milk and beat well.
  • Pat fish dry. Dip into egg mixture, then into cornmeal mixture, coating both sides. Let stand on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Heat oil in large heavy skillet until it reaches 375°F. Fry fish over medium heat, turning once, until golden brown, about 8–12 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve with French fries, ketchup, and lemon wedges.