Prepare the Catfish: Start by slicing the catfish fillets into thin, chip-sized pieces. This will help them cook quickly and evenly. Coat them with a thin layer of mustard. This is the secret ingredient!
Mix Dry Ingredients: In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
Prepare Wet Mix: In another bowl, whisk together the beaten egg and milk.
Dredge the Fish: Dip each piece of mustard coated catfish first in the egg mixture, then in the flour mixture, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
Heat the Oil: In a large skillet or deep fryer, heat the vegetable oil to 375°F (190°C).
Fry the Catfish: Fry the coated catfish pieces in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet. Cook each side for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Drain and Serve: Remove the catfish chips from the oil and drain them on paper towels. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce, like tartar sauce or a spicy mayo.
Enjoy your homemade Catfish Chips with a fresh lemon wedge and perhaps a side of coleslaw or a light salad for a complete meal!