Fried Catfish Nuggets and Spicy Hush Puppies

This meal is by no means healthy, but it is definitely filling, delicious, and SUPER cheap.

Catfish nuggets are only about $2.50 a pound at my grocery store, so buying half a pound for dinner is almost a steal. That plus an onion, Serrano pepper, and some pantry-staples round out the rest of the ingredients for this meal. The total costs of this meal shouldn’t cost you more than $5.

Ingredients for 2:

Hush Puppies:

  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ onion, minced or grated
  • 1 Serrano pepper, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk

Fried Catfish:

  • ½ pound catfish nuggets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup flour, more for dredging
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • Cayenne, salt, and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne

Prepare the oil for frying.

For the hush puppies:

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, onion and Serrano pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Then fold wet ingredients into the dry. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

For the catfish:

Combine the egg and milk in a small bowl.

In a shallow plate, combine the cornmeal, flour, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Pat the catfish nuggets with a paper towel. Then season with salt and pepper. Then dredge. Then coat with the egg-milk mixture. Allow excess to drip off then coat with the cornmeal mixture. Set the prepared catfish aside.

Fry the hush puppies first, since the catfish can give the oil a fishy smell afterward.

When the oil is hot enough, use either a small ice cream scoop, melon-baller, or just two spoons to form the hush puppies. I use spoons to form my blimp-shaped hush puppies by scraping about a tablespoon-size of batter back and forth and carefully dropping it into the hot oil. Fry for about 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Flip them over if necessary and do not crowd them.

For the fish, carefully drop the nuggets into the oil and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Also flip if necessary and do not crowd them.

Drain the fried goodies on a paper towel and serve with the sauce, which just needs all the ingredients mixed together.

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