Pan fried catfish no breading recipe is a simple, delicious dish without the extra calories and carbs of cornmeal. Pair with steamed jasmine rice for a complete dinner or enjoy as a fishy snack, easy starter, or tasty side.
While the typical American-fried catfish is often battered, dredged in flour or breaded with cornmeal, this recipe offers a unique, no-breading pan-fried catfish method with subtle yet delicious Thai flavors. Consider this dish my Thai version of fried catfish without breading.
The rainy season in Thailand is a time when the fish practically leaps into our nets. Living deep in the rice fields, my hubby and I have the opportunity to catch many fresh fish and other seafood.
We've caught plenty of fish, and I had the chance to experiment with different cooking techniques for fish. I've tried both pan-frying and deep-frying catfish, so today I'll share all my top tips and secrets to make sure your fried catfish without breading is the best in town!
In this recipe, I'll show you how to pan-fry catfish with simple but delicious flavors.
The catfish is flavored with a seasoning mix of fish sauce, garlic, white peppercorns, and salt.
If you're new to Thai cuisine and never cooked with fish sauce before, don't be put off by its aroma. Once combined and cooked, it adds a subtle umami flavor.
For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Instructions for pan-frying catfish
Instructions for deep-frying catfish
For pan-frying catfish without breading, you'll need a basic set of kitchen tools.
Serve the crispy fried catfish as a main-dish with rice or as a side-dish. Move it to a serving dish and sprinkle the remaining fried garlic over the top.
Catfish goes good with many dishes. Here are some delicious sides for fried catfish:
Let the fried catfish come to room temperature. Place on paper towels and transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezing instructions: Let the fried fish cool down to room temperature and store it in the freezer in a freezer-safe container. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
Reheating instructions: Reheat both sides of the fish in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add a small amount of oil.
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A crispy pan fried catfish no breading recipe with delicious Thai flavors.
1. Gut the catfish. Make a small incision of the belly of the catfish. Pull out the innards using your fingers and rinse the inside.
2. Section the catfish. On a cutting board, use a sharp knife to slice the catfish into uniform sized segments.
3. Remove the slimy layer. Coat each piece with cornstarch and salt, ensuring all sides are well-coated. I used 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/2 tablespoon of salt.
4. Rinse off the flour. Transfer the fish pieces into a bowl of water. Rub each piece and rinse with running water.
Combine the catfish pieces with fish sauce, garlic, and white pepper. Let it rest for 5 minutes. If you're deep-frying the catfish, do not add the garlic in this step.
1. Over medium heat, coat the bottom of your pan with oil and add a sprinkle of salt to prevent the oil from splashing when cooking.
2. Add the catfish pieces and cook each side for 30 seconds. Switch to a low heat and continue to fry until the catfish is cooked.
3. When the catfish is golden-brown and crispy, around 10 minutes, it should be done. The meat should still be tender and the outside crisp.
4. After frying, transfer the fish pieces to a colander to let excess oil drip away. Serve afterward.
1. Fill a pan with enough oil for deep-frying. Heat over medium heat, sprinkling in salt to prevent splashing while cooking.
2. Slide in your catfish pieces and deep-fry until cooked and golden-brown.
3. Transfer the pieces to a sieve or colander and let any excess oil leak.
4. In that same pan, throw in finely chopped garlic. Fry until golden.
5. Add your crispy catfish and combine with the crispy garlic bits. Serve immediately.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.