Southern Fried Catfish & Carrot Raisin Salad

Crispy southern fried catfish fillets


Today we’re taking a couple of virtual road trips. Our first trip is picnic of southern fried chicken over to Wok With Ray where you meet Ray (if you haven’t already), a great blogger friend, and a wonderful chef and caterer. Ray features some of the most amazing Filipino and Asian dishes and his photography is beautiful! In May I gave you a taste of his Sweet and Garlicky Pork Chops in my Celebration of Garlic post.

Our second trip is to Black Lake, a lake in north Louisiana where I learned to fish and which supplied my family with all of the catfish and bluegill (bream) that we could eat. Once there I’ll be serving up a picnic of Southern Fried Catfish and Carrot & Raisin Salad.

The following recipes are featured at Wok With Ray.


Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

Serves: 2
Prep and Cook time: 45 minutes

Recipe Author:  MJ of MJ’s Kitchen


1 pound catfish fillets, cut in half lengthwise
1 large egg
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. buttermilk
1 cup cornmeal
Salt and pepper
4 cups peanut or canola oil or enough oil to deep fry the fillets

Instructions for frying catfish

  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg, Worcestershire sauce, buttermilk, and a little salt and pepper.
  2. Place cornmeal in another shallow bowl or pie pan. Add a little salt and a generous amount of pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Heat oil in deep frying skillet or cast iron Dutch oven over medium high heat to a temperature of 325°F (163°C).  (The temperature is important to keep your catfish from being greasy.)
  4. While the oil is heating, start dipping the catfish fillets in egg mixture, then into the cornmeal. Coat both sides of the fillets with the cornmeal.
  5. Place gently in hot oil. Cook until lightly brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side or cooked through. With enough oil, you shouldn’t have to turn it. Just cook it in the oil for about 4 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a flat paper bag or paper towels to drain.
  7. Sprinkle with more salt if desired. (We like adding salt right out of the fryer.)
  8. Serve with Catfish Dipping Sauce.


Catfish Dipping Sauce (not quite a Tartar Sauce)

1/4 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup plain Greek Style Yogurt
1 Tbsp. onion, minced
1 Tbsp. dill pickle, minced
1 Tbsp. horseradish sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
A pinch of dried dill weed

Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a bowl, mix well, and set aside.



If you’re going to make fried catfish, you’re going to need a Carrot & Raisin Salad.  This isn’t the typical southern carrot & raisin salad which is made with mayonnaise and honey.  This salad uses a simple dressing of orange juice, honey and Dijon.  Very light and just as tasty.

Carrot and Raisin salad with no mayonnaise


Carrot and Raisin Salad Recipe

Recipe Author:  MJ of MJ’s Kitchen

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes


½ cup raisins
Juice from 1 orange (about 3 to 4 Tbsp.)
4 large carrots, peeled and grated
Touch of salt


1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp. Dijon or Creole mustard
3 Tbsp. orange juice (drained from raisins)


  1. Squeeze the juice from the orange into a bowl. Add the raisins and set aside for at least 10 minutes to re-hydrate.
  2. Grate the carrots into a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey and mustard.
  4. Drain the juice from the raisins and add 3 Tbsp of the orange juice to the dressing. Whisk.
  5. Add the raisins to the carrots then a touch of salt.
  6. Add the dressing and toss.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir again before serving.



My southern fried catfish and carrot & raisin salad recipes have been linked to the following blog hops.  Summer Salad Sunday, Mix It Up Monday!, My Meatless Monday, Hearth & Soul, Bizzy’s Recipe Box, Gluten-Free Wednesday, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Showcase Your Talent Thursday, Frugal Foods Thursday, Keep It Real Thursday, Melt In Your Mouth Monday, Made With Luv Mondays, Totally Tasty Tuesday, Mom’s Test Meal Monday, Katherine Martinelli’s Fried Food Hop

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62 Responses to “Southern Fried Catfish & Carrot Raisin Salad”

  1. baju bayi Murah March 17, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is wonderful, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about Southern Fried Catfish and Carrot Raisin Salad – Picnic @ Ray’s | MJ& .

  2. Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen October 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    I can’t even remember the last time I had catfish! This sounds so good! Thanks for linking up to MTM Mondays!

  3. kristy @ coconutmama July 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    That fish looks delish and I love that carrot salad! Something I think would be great for my kiddos’ lunch boxes. Something I am always keeping an eye out for. Thanks for a new idea!

  4. Alyssa July 25, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    This looks delicious! I have never tried catfish before, but yours looks so good, I will have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  5. Swathi July 23, 2012 at 10:08 am #


    Delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.I am going to highlight this one this week.

  6. Chaya July 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    The fish with the carrot salad sound like a great combination. I like the sweetness from the carrots balancing the fish flavor. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Rogene July 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    We love carrot raisin salad. I’ve been playing around with different dressings trying to get away from mayo. Will give yours a try.

  8. Debbie @ Easy Natural Food July 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I love carrot-raisin salad. I have my own recipe but need to get around to posting it. you version with the OJ and Dijon sounds very tasty! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon!

  9. Mich - Piece of Cake July 18, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    This so reminds me of my days in Lousiana fishing in the river! That catfish dish looks amazing with the carrot salad. Catfish is really delicious.

  10. sally July 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    My mom used to make carrot and raisin salad all the time. I like that your version doesn’t contain mayo. I have nothing against mayo, but I think it makes the salad a little heavy.

  11. Kristi Rimkus July 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I haven’t had a carrot salad in years. My mom used to make it for us kids to get us to eat some veggies. I’ll have to try this meal on my vegetable hating nephew. The whole meal looks terrific!

  12. frugalexpat July 15, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Thanks for this recipe.. I am trying to add more veggies and fruits in my diet. So this carrot and raisin salad is a perfect idea.. and easy to prepare too!

  13. Sanjeeta kk July 15, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Is wild rice similar to black sticky rice! Heading to Ray’s blog for more.

  14. Katherine Martinelli July 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Sounds amazing! Headed over to check it out 🙂

  15. I love fishing! I’ve learned it when I was 7 I think and I still enjoy to do it. I think it’s a great meal after this kind of activation 🙂 nice picture as well.

  16. Baker Street July 13, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    Love catfish and I imagine the carrot raisin salad paired perfectly with it! 🙂

  17. Reese@SeasonwithSpice July 12, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    This is a fun picnic, MJ! Ahh..what a privilege to cook with that special Dutch oven. I bet your crispy fried fish is as tasty as it looks, especially the one you caught too. Heading over to Ray’s now.

  18. mj July 12, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    If you don’t see your comment, then I may have accidentally deleted it. A comment was marked as spam and I pushed the wrong button. So I apologize and would ask that you resubmit if you don’t see your comment. Thank you!

  19. Javelin Warrior July 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I’ve never tried to make fried catfish before, but this looks delicious so I’m headed over to check it out. Wok with Ray has a wonderful blog so it’s wonderful to see you posting there…

    • Javelin Warrior July 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Thanks so much for sharing the carrot salad recipe with Made with Love Mondays, MJ. I’ve never been a huge fan of carrot salad because of all the mayonnaise, but this Dijon version sounds tempting! I think you may have forgotten to add a link-back to the series, but I may have missed it…

      • mj July 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

        You are most welcome Javelin! Another brain fart – the link has been made. 🙂 Thanks for the kind reminder and your wonderful comments.

  20. Soni July 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Oh I so want a bite of that catfish right now!!!So delicious and crispy :)Over to check out the recipe 🙂

  21. Swathi July 10, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Lovely platter, very nice meal. I like that salad very much.

  22. Biren @ Roti n Rice July 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Love the looks of your fried catfish and salad. Off to Ray’s to check out your virtual roadtrips. 🙂

  23. Treat and Trick July 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    That platter looks awesome! Off to check Ray’s site..

  24. Tania @ A Perfect Pantry July 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Can’t say I’ve had catfish before, but it sure does look good.

  25. Charles July 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Gorgeous looking fish… I always forget, is catfish the really ugly thing with the big, sad looking mouth? Must go look it up… regardless of whether it is or not, it’s definitely very tasty!

    I have to admit, I’m not familiar with Filipino cooking at all… I’ll be heading over to Ray’s to check it all out 🙂

    • mj July 10, 2012 at 10:48 am #

      Thanks Charles! Yes, catfish are the really ugly things with the big, sad looking mouths!! 🙂 They also have a spiked fin that can stab you and hurt like hell if you’re not careful! I hated handling them, but glad I learned how.

  26. spiceblogger July 9, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Beautiful fried fish! I have some fresh redfish gifted to me by a fisherman friend. Think I’ll have to try your fried recipe! 😉

  27. Sissi July 9, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    It looks gorgeous, MJ. A perfect dish for a sunny day. I cannot remember the last time I had catfish… I was a child.

  28. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles July 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    What a colourful plate – I love how the light is hitting the carrot salad and illuminating your cold frosty (which I note is not nearly as *huge* as the one I showcased in my post ;-)). I’m heading out on your virtual road trip…

  29. mj July 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Thanks everyone for your great comments! I hope you enjoy the recipes and while you’re there – be sure to check out Ray’s desserts. A little something sweet after this meal is perfect!

  30. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    That looks great.. on my way over to Ray’s now. 🙂

  31. Jessica July 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    That is delicious southern goodness on a plate Mj! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

  32. Anne@FromMySweetHeart July 8, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    This looks absolutely fabulous, MJ! Heading over to check out the post now. (And you KNOW I’ll be checking out Ray’s desserts, too!)

  33. kitchenriffs July 8, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Fried cat fish is great stuff! And carrot salads can be heaven. I’m off to Ray’s to check this out . . .

  34. Raymund July 8, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    I havent eaten catfish for a long time now, I am not sure if its even sold here in NZ

  35. love2dine July 8, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    You make everything look so awesome here is another example just lovely!

  36. vianney July 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    LOVE~~ I have the privilege of frying my catfish in the same cast iron Dutch oven that Mama used for over 50 years, the taste and experience is pretty much the same.


  37. vianney July 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    heading over, yay!!

  38. Food Jaunts July 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Read it over at Ray’s but wanted to leave a comment here – your fried catfish looks fantastic! So crispy and tasty. And you’re so lucky to still have your mom’s cast iron. My family keeps asking me why all my pots and pans are “so heavy” (i.e. they’re cast iron) and I told them it’s because one day *hopefully* my grandkids will be using it.

    • mj July 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks! Cast iron is something that can get passed down from one generation to another. One of my nieces has already claimed the Dutch oven! 🙂

  39. Liz July 7, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Wow, such yummy looking fried fish! Off to visit your guest post~

  40. Angie@Angie's Recipes July 7, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    MJ, this is a terrific guest post. I too a fan of Ray’s recipes. Off to check this out.

  41. Nami | Just One Cookbook July 7, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    Who hoo! Love Ray’s blog, and can’t wait to see your post. Heading over now.

  42. CJ at Food Stories July 7, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Heading over to check it out 🙂

  43. Tessa July 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Lovely catfish and your carrot raisin salad looks so delicious! Nicely done!

  44. wok with ray July 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank you very much for making and sharing this wonderful meal at Wok with Ray, MJ. You are a great cook and a wonderful, wonderful friend posting. Thank you so much!!! 🙂

    ~ ray ~

    • mj July 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank YOU Ray! Thanks for the support and all of the nice comments throughout the whole process. You’re a joy to work with! Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

  45. Nads July 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    SO YOU’RE THE ONE THAT GOT THE DUTCH OVEN!!!! I’m glad someone got it that appreciates it. I got the deep skillet with a lid – almost as good. I love the little twists you put on traditional recipes to make them extra special. What a coincidence! Jim and I went out for lunch today and I had fried catfish and carrot and raisin salad. I was surprised to see it on the menu. Unfortunately, it didn’t taste much like Mama’s and I’m sure nothing like yours. The carrots were soggy and it had so much liquid in it that it ran all over the plate and got the fish wet. Downer! I am really glad that you are getting to share your wonderful talent with such a broad audience. Keep on keeping on.

    • mj July 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      🙂 🙂 🙂 Yes, I got the Dutch Oven! 🙂 Glad to see that you got the skillet! That is strange to see this on a restaurant menu. Sorry it wasn’t satisfying. Bobby and I treat ourselves to this plate of delicious a few times a year. In the fall, it’s fried green tomatoes! 🙂 Hope you and J are having a great weekend and thanks for the comments Sis.

  46. Juliana July 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Nice meeting you MJ, just came form Ray’s. Wonderful meal…
    Have a great weekend MJ 🙂

    • mj July 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      Juliana – thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

  47. Cucina49 July 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    That catfish is really gorgeous! Heading over to Ray’s site to see how it’s done.

  48. Reem | Simply Reem July 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Road trip..That too virtual, I am on!!
    These look fabulous, I am off to check ur guest post!!

  49. Jane July 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I think it is awesome you have the same pot your mom used … that in itself is amazing! Looks fabulous, and nice to hear about your roots!

  50. Ramona July 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Virtual road trips… sounds great!! 🙂 I love a good fried catfish and the carrot raisin salad sounds like a perfect compliment! Have a wonderful weekend my friend. 🙂

  51. Choc Chip Uru July 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    This is a stunning fish my friend, I love the presentation and mix of flavours 😀
    Off to check out the fabulous guest post!



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