Bill's Beer-Batter Cajun Fried Catfish

Course : Fish
Serves: 4
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1 Cup vegetable oil -- for pan frying
1 pound farm-raised catfish fillets
1/2 cup flour -- for batter
2 large eggs
1/4 cup Seafood Cajun Spice Mix
1 cup beer
---Seafood Cajun Spice Mix:
2 tablespoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons thyme
4 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
2 teaspoons ancho/pasilla chile -- powdered

Preparation / Directions:

Note: You need a lot of Cajun spice mix for this recipe. If you use less, you will not taste the Cajun spices in the cooked batter. Mix batter: In a glass bowl, beat egg and add Cajun seasoning and flour. Slowly add the beer to get a batter consistency like waffle batter. Cut the catfish filets into 2-3 inch long pieces and pat dry on a paper towel. Heat oil about 2 inches deep in deep frying pan and adjust temperature to about 375F. Take a piece of fish and with a fork, dip it in the batter and then let excess batter drip off. Place fish in the hot oil and fry to a deep golden brown. Serve with a red spicy cocktail sauce. For Seafood Cajun Spice Mix: Put ingredients in spice grinder and process. Store in tightly-sealed jar.

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