Buyer's guide

Catfish is sold live, fresh, frozen, whole, or in skinned and boneless fillets. It’s available year round. Catfish is a farmed fish that’s easy and inexpensive to produce.


Whole catfish require filleting, but once prepared, the fillets are easy to cook with, and just require pin-boning. Catfish is popular in many countries, but particularly in the Southern USA, where it is coated in cornmeal, pan-fried and served with cornmeal fritters in an iconic dish called Hush Puppies.