Coast Cooking

Mississippi-raised catfish is the best

By JULIAN BRUNT

Special to the Sun Herald

Mississippi-raised catfish.
Mississippi-raised catfish.

I have blogged about Southern food this week, and I can’t think of a better way to end the week than by blogging about fried Mississippi-raised catfish.

Farm-raised catfish is silky white, tender and delicious. I am told by my Delta friends that Simmons catfish is the best.

I have visited the processing plant, and it is pretty impressive. The product is superior. Simmons tests each load of fish that comes in, and they do it in the most common sense way -- they take a sample and cook it.

Buy fresh catfish at your local fish market and soak it in a little milk, the toss in tempura powder, then in panko bread crumbs. Deep fry it until golden brown and serve at once. A little homemade tartar sauce would be good too. This delicious fish can be had for about $4 a pound at the seafood shop.

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