Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pickled Peppers and Fried Catfish

Prep / Total time : 35 minutes Makes 4 servings

1-1/2                  cups all-purpose flour
2-1/4                  teaspoons table salt
2                        teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
4                        large eggs
1-1/2                 cups plain yellow cornmeal
4                       (6-oz.) catfish fillets
                       **Vegetable oil **
Pickle Peppers (recipe Below)
Combine flour and 1 tsp. each salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Whisk together eggs and 2 Tbsp. water in another dish. Combine cornmeal, 1 tsp. salt, and remaining 1 tsp. pepper in a third dish. Sprinkle catfish with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Dredge fillets, 1 at a time, in flour mixture, shaking off excess; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess. Place on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches in a cast-iron Dutch oven. Heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Fry fillets, 2 at a time, in hot oil 6 minutes or until done. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Serve with Pickled Peppers                Pickle Peppers:
                          Makes 3 pints
Total: 12 Hours, 50 Minutes

I used sweet mini bell peppers and jalapeños, but any variety like serranos, Fresno, Thai, or poblano peppers will also work well.

12              ounces assorted hot and sweet peppers, sliced (such as jalapeño peppers and sweet mini bell peppers)
2               cups white wine vinegar
3/4            cup white vinegar
1/2            large Spanish onion, thinly sliced 
3               garlic cloves, smashed
1-1/2         tablespoons kosher salt
1-1/2         tablespoons granulated sugar
1               tablespoon black peppercorns
1               tablespoon coriander seeds
1               teaspoon dill seeds
3               bay leaves

Divide peppers among 3 (1-pt.) canning jars. Bring white wine vinegar and next 9 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Divide hot mixture among jars. Cover with lids; screw on bands. Let stand 30 minutes. Chill 12 hours before serving. Store up to 3 weeks.


  1. Lol...Pickled Peppers and Fried Catfish sounds like the title of a Dr. Seuss book whose birthday just happens to be today:) I can't help it your titled just tickled my funny bone, lol...

    Of course, Nee, there is nothing but yumminess when it comes to Fried Catfish! I love the stuff and have finally convinced Marion that it is oh so delicious. She now agrees. You will need to provide the Pickled peppers though, I am no pickler:)

    Thanks for sharing, Nee...Say Hi to those cherubs of yours for me:)

    1. P.S. Nee, is your blog sporting a new look? Way coool......!

    2. Hi Louise , you make my day , welcome back .
      We have lots of lakes here and also catfish farms , so they are plentiful . You can pickle , try this one , it's so easy . Thanks for stopping by :)

    3. I trying a new look , thanks for noticing , don't know what I will come up with , maybe a sidebar on both sides ;-D . Welcome Back .

  2. Wooow estos filetes fritos son una maravilla y su acompañamiento colorido y delicioso,abrazos.

    1. Hi Rosita , deliciously good and the peppers sets the pace . Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. I really like your method for pickling peppers -- so nice and easy. And sign me up for fried catfish -- such a great dish!

  4. Hi John , frash fish is so plentiful with all our lakes and the peppers is so easy and you can use as much heat as you like . Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. Dear Nee, Love the new look to your blog. it is good to change things up once in a while. Such a great combo between catfish and pickled peppers.These flavors play on each other so well. The pickled peppers make the cat fish pop for sure. A perfect recipe as a Friday night meal during Lent. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Blessings, Dottie :)

    1. Hi Dottie , as you can maybe tell I have cabin fever and trying to hurry spring ;-D , yes the fish will be good for Friday , I have fish every Friday , habit I suppose . glad you like my new look , still working on it . Catfish fries and pickles peppers are a great combo , sometime I make sweet potato fries . Thank you for stopping by . Blessing , Nee :)

  6. Nee tambièn me sorprendiò lo maravilloso que quedò su nuevo look del blog y sus fotos espectaculares,saludos.

    1. Hi Rosita , you can tell I have cabin fever , ready for spring , thank you , I'm still learning thanks for stopping by :)

  7. Hi Nee, I love pickled peppers. Besides serving it with fried cat fish, I like it with any meat dishes. Have a great week ahead and cheers :)

    1. Hi Ivy , like you I love pickle pepper with meats and aslo vegetables . Thanks for stopping by :)


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