Mississippi produced 350 million pounds, or 55 percent, of all U. S. catfish production in 2005, and Mississippians produced this amount in only 100,000 pond water acres. Since its origin in the 1960s, the catfish industry has grown rapidly and now has an economic impact in the hundreds of millions of dollars in Mississippi each year.
Arkansas, in 1963, was the first state to produce farm-raised catfish on a commercial level. Mississippi was not far behind when its commercial production began in 1965. After 1970, rapid expansion of catfish production in the Mississippi Delta occurred, and Mississippi has led the catfish industry ever since.
Years ago catfish farmers would spend hours on the telephone making contacts to sell their fish. They sold mainly to restaurants specializing in catfish, but they also sold to individuals wanting 5,000 pounds or more for fish fries. Winter sales to fish camps were also an sales outlet. Catfish were in demand and were sold to buyers as far away as Illinois and Iowa. They had to transport the fish in haul trucks equipped with aerators that provided oxygen to keep the fish alive. Today, most Mississippi catfish operations sell all their catfish directly to processing plants and no longer have diverse retail outlets.
Research Source: MS History
This recipe was a hit. We loved it... And so will you.
Cajun Fried Catfish
Recipe by Christine Lamb (Christine's Pantry), 2015
Directions:In a fryer or deep pot, fill pot halfway with oil, and heat to 350 degrees. Sprinkle each side of catfish with salt and cajun seasoning.