Fried Catfish Po-Boy, oh boy, oh Boy!
Nothing screams N’awlins more than a Po’Boy, and fried catfish is about as Down South as you can get.
This is hands down one of our most favorite sandwiches of all time, and you won’t believe how easy it is to make at home!
HOW TO MAKE A FRIED CATFISH PO-BOY AT HOME
This sandwich is steeped in history and flavor.
Watch us show you how easy it is to make this iconic sandwich in your very own kitchen!
SLAW IS THE PERFECT TOPPING FOR A PO-BOY
A cool, crisp dressed slaw is a very traditional topping for a Fried Catfish Po-Boy.
Beside providing a nice flavor boost, the cool tastes is the perfect match to the little spice from the obligatory hot sauce that always tops a traditional po-boy.
You can use fresh sliced cabbage, or you can easily buy pre-washed bagged slaw and quickly make your own dressing.
CATFISH IS EASILY FOUND IN MOST WELL-STOCKED MARKETS
You can usually find fresh catfish in the seafood department of most major supermarkets.
Typically it comes either as fillets, or “nuggets.”
All you need to do is cut the fish into small 1 to 2-inch pieces and then hit them with some salt and pepper.
Next, all you have to do is dredge the seasoned fish in an egg/milk wash, and then into the traditional corn meal.
Set up a dredging station consisting of three bowls and the task is quick and simple.
This is start of the perfect fried catfish po-boy.
BREADED CATFISH FRIES VERY QUICKLY FOR THE PO-BOY
Once you carefully lower the breaded catfish into the hot oil, it fries very quickly.
Before you know it (just two or three minutes), you have perfectly golden catfish fillets for the best Po-Boy sandwich you’ll ever try.
PO-BOYS ARE A NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC SANDWICH
We love all kinds of Po-Boys, from fried shrimp to fried oysters. Learn more about the amazing cuisine of New Orleans here.
Fried Catfish Po-Boy is one of our favorite dishes to order every time we hit the Big Easy, and it’s one of our favorites to re-create at home.
Fried Catfish Po-Boy
FOR THE COLE SLAW
- 3 cups coleslaw mix
- 1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp celery seed
FOR THE CATFISH
- 2 cups canola oil
- 4 to 5 oz catfish fillets
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup corn meal not too coarse
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Pinch about 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
FOR THE SANDWICH
- 4 long soft-crust Italian rolls split
- Kickin' Remoulade Sauce
- Sliced sandwich pickles
- Sliced tomatoes
- Louisiana hot sauce for serving
- Lemon wedges for serving
- Before you start...make the Kicken Remoulade Sauce!
PREPARE THE COLESLAW
- Combine the coleslaw mix, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and celery seed in a medium bowl. Set aside.
PREPARE THE CATFISH
- Heat the oil in a large sturdy skillet over medium-high heat, until reaches 350° F, or when a small piece of bread sizzles and browns in about 30 seconds when tossed in the oil.
- Place the milk and eggs together in a medium bowl, and gently mix.
- In a separate medium bowl, mix together the corn meal, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, cayenne.
- One at a time, dip the catfish fillets into the wet mixture, then dredge in the corn meal/flour mixture, completely covering the fillets.
- In batches, fry the fillets until golden brown, about 3 - 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
ASSEMBLE THE PO-BOY
- Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat on high.
- Arrange the rolls cut side up on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 30 seconds (keep an eye on them!).
- To assemble: smear a good helping (about 2 tablespoons) of the remoulade sauce on the bottom roll. Then add a layer of the pickles, then tomato slices, then the catfish fillets, and top with coleslaw.
- Add a good few squeezes of fresh lemon and several dashes of hot sauce. Top with bun. Serve at once.
Great, easy to follow recipe! I’ve made this twice already. So much better than eating out and paying an arm and a leg for a sandwich. I was able to feed my family of 4 and still had leftovers. Thanks!
Hi Ayesha! We are SO THRILLED you loved our Fried Catfish Po-Boy!! That is absolutely one of our all-time favorites and always makes us so happy when other folks make it and love it as much as we do. Thank you so much for letting us know and for the great review. That means the world to us!! Best, Kris & Wesley
Awesome!! So glad you enjoyed the po-boy and thank you so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review! That really means a lot to us! All the best, Kris & Wesley
The remoulade sauce is the bomb! We used fresh caught flathead catfish and the sandwich was AMAZING!
Hey Marla!! You literally just made our mouths water! Wish we were chowing down on those freshly caught catfish po-boys with you!!! Thanks so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review! That means the world to us!! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley
Delicious! Used your remoulade too, adjusted slightly (no hot sauce, but added creole seasoning as I prefer a more mild flavor), and used a jarred coleslaw sauce with an added dash of cider vinegar. Should have only eaten half that sandwich, but I couldn’t stop! Ate the whole thing, and now I’m about in a food coma…
Hi Charsei! We are SO very happy you loved our catfish po-boy. We love it, too!! You modifications sound great. And we know what you mean…once you take that first bite, it’s hard not to devour the whole thing!! Thanks so very much for letting us know. That really means so much to us. Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley
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Yes indeed it is! Hope you give it a try and let us know what you think! Kris & Wesley