A freshwater fish with sweet, meaty, white flesh. Whole catfish have a slim, tapering body and cat-like whiskers. Several species of catfish are sold around the world, the most notable being pangasius (also known as basa or river cobbler).
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.