1. To prepare the catfish, place cornmeal in a shallow dish and season with salt
and pepper. Dredge catfish strips in cornmeal mixture, shaking off the excess.
Set aside on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
2. Pour 2 inches of peanut oil into a deep fryer or large, heavy skillet and
heat to 375°F on a deep-frying thermometer. Add catfish strips to hot oil, three
at a time, and fry in a single layer for 5 minutes, turning to cook evenly, until
golden brown and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Drain on paper towels
and sprinkle lightly with salt.