Crispy Catfish Po’Boys

Travel to New Orleans with your very first bite of this fried fish sandwich with pickles and mayonnaise. It’s the next best thing to being there.

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings

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1/2 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon drained capers, chopped

2 teaspoons whole grain mustard

4 (6-ounce) catfish fillets

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 large egg

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

canola oil for frying

4 hoagie rolls, split horizontally

16 tomato slices

2 cups shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce

20 bread and butter pickle chips


1. Combine the mayonnaise, relish, onion, capers, and mustard in a bowl; mix well and reserve.

2. Sprinkle the catfish fillets with the salt and pepper. Spread the flour on a large plate, lightly beat the egg in a bowl, and spread the cornmeal on a separate plate. Working one fillet at a time, dip the catfish first into the flour to lightly coat, shaking off excess; then into the egg; and finally into the cornmeal. Place the fish on a clean plate and repeat with the remaining fillets. 

3. Heat 1/4-inch oil in a 14-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the catfish fillets and cook until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. 

4. To assemble sandwiches, arrange the bottom half of each roll on a plate. Top each with 4 slices tomato, 1/2 cup lettuce, 1 fillet, and 5 pickle chips. Spread cut side of top halves of rolls with tartar sauce and close sandwiches. Serve immediately.

Description: A classic New Orleans sandwich of fried catfish, pickles, shredded lettuce and mayonnaise.