According to a website that charts national days, June 25 is National Catfish Day. Catfish is one of the most sustainable species of fish. In 1987, President Reagan declared the first National Catfish Day to recognize the importance of the catfish farming industry. About 95% of the nation’s catfish comes from Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana.
Most of the catfish we eat is farm-raised, which is very eco-friendly. Fried catfish is a versatile and delicious type of fish that is usually associated with Cajun-style cooking. In traditional recipes, each catfish fillet is coated with a blend of spices and then fried or blackened in hot oil in a cast-iron skillet.
Catfish have widely been caught and farmed for food for hundreds of years in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Some food critics consider catfish to be an excellent food, while others think they are too watery and lacking in flavor. In Central Europe, catfish were often viewed as a delicacy to be enjoyed primarily on feast days and holidays. Migrants from Europe and Africa to the United States brought along the tradition of eating catfish, and in the southern part of the United States, catfish is an extremely popular food and is on the menu of most seafood restaurants.
Farm-raised catfish have become a staple of the diet of the United States. Catfish is cooked eaten in a variety of ways. In the United States catfish is usually battered in cornmeal and fried. Because catfish lack scales, they are considered not to be kosher and may not be eaten by observant Jews, some Christians who follow the Torah's food restrictions, and observant Muslims.
Catfish are easy to fry for yourself and your family to celebrate National Catfish Day. Heat a fryer or a deep pot halfway filled with oil to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle both sides of each catfish with salt and crab boil seasoning. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and the cornmeal. Dredge the catfish in the flour mixture and place in fryer. Deep fry for approximately seven to eight minutes until done. Drain on paper towels.
If you don't feel up to frying your own catfish for dinner, you can go to your favorite Cajun restaurant for a delicious meal.