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Monday, May 02, 2011

Onion Flavored Deep Fried Catfish Nuggets

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Onion flavored fried catfish nuggets are savory treats and make excellent hors d'œuvres for your invited guests before serving the main course. Simple and easy to prepare, you can have these delicious nuggets ready to serve in no time flat. Give it a try. They go great with tartar sauce. If you like the taste of toasted onions then you will surely love the taste of these onion-flavored deep-fried catfish nuggets.

Ingredients

4 (6 oz.) catfish fillets cut into 1" squares
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 packet of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix
Season to taste
Oil

Note: Usually, "deep-frying" means that there is enough oil in the pot to completely submerge the foods which you are frying. If you don't have a lot of oil on hand don't fret because you can get the same results if you have enough oil in your pot or skillet to fry one side at the time.

It just takes a little longer because you will have to flip each nugget over individually, whereas in lots of oil your fish nuggets, when cooked, will float to the top and you can use a slotted scoop or wire basket to extract the nuggets from the hot oil. So, if you don't have enough oil to do a deep fry in the traditional sense, just use what you have and on medium-high heat cook the nuggets for about 3 minutes on each side, or until they have reached a golden-brown color.

For the purposes of this recipe I am going to focus on the traditional deep-fry method.

Instructions

  1. Cut the nuggets into 1" squares, rinse-off under cool water and set aside (do not pat dry).
  2. Add the pct. of onion soup mix (other seasoning) and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, mix well.
  3. Pre-heat the oil on medium-high heat to around 365 degrees F.
  4. Thoroughly coat the wet nuggets in the mix.
  5. Fry until nuggets float to the top, become golden brown and bubbles have diminished in size.
  6. Serve as appetizers along with tartar sauce.
Bon Appetite! ... Ahheee!!
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