Nashville-Style Hot Catfish

Bailey Farms hot sauces are all natural and of the highest quality. Unlike other sauces that are mostly pepper-vinegar, they are a blend of chiles and fresh vegetables that are cooked down to perfection and deliver the perfect balance of heat and flavor.

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1/2 cup buttermilk
5 oz Bailey Farms Habanero Hot Sauce
3 lb small catfish fillets
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp onion powder
Vegetable oil


Whisk together buttermilk and hot sauce in a large bowl. Add catfish. Cover and chill 24 hours.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Remove catfish from buttermilk mixture, discarding mixture. Dredge catfish in flour mixture, shaking off excess.

Pour oil to depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large, deep skillet. Heat to 325 degrees. Fry catfish, in batches, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and fish flakes with a fork. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve with additional hot sauce if desired.

Serves 6 to 8.

Adapted from Southern Living.