Bobby’s Best Catfish Croquettes Recipe
I developed this recipe for Catfish Croquettes based on another recipe I have used to make salmon patties. I guess I could have called them Catfish Patties, Catfish Cakes or even Catfish Fritters. Don’t let the fancy name fool you. These are rib stickin’, down home southern style comfort food, yet will please the most finicky appetite. They also make great appetizers.
1 pound of catfish fillets
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 cups course crushed Ritz Crackers
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1 egg (beaten)
1 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
1 tablespoon Kraft Mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Chipotle Flavor Pepper Sauce
3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
As with most fish recipes, I prefer to start out with fresh (never frozen) fish fillets, but frozen and thawed fish will work just fine with this one as well. There is just something about the wonderful flavor and sweetness you get from fresh caught fish vs. fish that has been frozen. Now let’s get on with the cooking part.
Place the fish fillets flat on a microwave safe plate or dish. Sprinkle the filets lightly with salt and pepper to taste. Microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes or until fish turns white and flakes easily. Once the fish is cooked, flake the filets with a fork into a large mixing bowl. Large lumps of fish will give the dish a texture more like a lump style crab cake. Smaller flakes will result in a texture similar to a salmon patty.
Now add the crushed Ritz Crackers, chopped onion, egg, Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, Mayonnaise, and Tabasco Sauce to the to the fish in the bowl and mix well.
Now it’s time to start cooking our Catfish Croquettes. Add the oil to a frying pan and heat to approximately 350 degrees. Use a spoon to place about 2 tablespoons of the mixture in your hand. Gently pat the mixture flat into a small patty. Then place the patty into the hot oil. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Fry the Catfish Croquettes on each side until golden brown, turning frequently to avoid overcooking.
Next, place the Catfish Croquettes on a serving platter lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Serve hot with a little ketchup or tartar sauce along with your family’s favorite side dishes.