½ cup yellow cornmeal
½ cup finely chopped pecans
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Tabasco sauce to taste
6 catfish fillets (about 6 ounces each)
6 tablespoons peanut oil
On a large plate, combine cornmeal, pecans, salt and pepper, and Tabasco, and mix till well blended.
Dredge catfish in mixture to coat well and place on another large plate.
In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over moderately high heat, add 3 of the fillets, and fry till golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side.
Drain on paper towels, place on a heated serving platter, and cover with foil to keep hot while frying remaining 3 fillets in remaining 3 tablespoons oil.