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fried catfish slaw low carb
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5 from 2 votes

A Lower Carb Southern Style Fish Fry

Turn this traditionally high carb meal into a diabetes-friendly salad featuring fried catfish and slaw.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 498kcal


  • For the fish:
  • ¾-1 lb catfish filets or your favorite type fish
  • cup milk
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • ¾ cup frying oil
  • For the salad:
  • 4 cups sliced cabbage
  • 2-3 radishes sliced thinly
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • For the dressing:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon Old bay Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon relish
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish:
  • Frozen waffle fries- about 3 per person- baked per package instructions


  • Slice the fish fillets into strips and place in a small bowl.
  • Pour milk over fish and set aside.
  • Combine the cornmeal and flour in a small bowl.
  • Salt and pepper the filets and coat lightly in cornmeal mixture.
  • Fry the fish in hot oil until golden brown, allow fish to drain on a paper towel lined plate or on a rack.
  • Prepare the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • To assemble: Place about 1 cup sliced cabbage on plate with radish slices and a few cherry tomatoes. Arrange 2 -3 slices of fish over cabbage then drizzle with dressing. Garnish with 3 waffle fries. Repeat process to make a total of 4 salads.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 31.8mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1.2mg