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What does catfish taste like?

I always wanted to try fried catfish but have never worked up the nerve because I am afraid I won't like it. But then again anything fried tastes good right?? I have had fried flounder but does catfish have its own distinct flavor?

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  1. it's like a sweet white fleshy fish

    1. What's not to like?

      My taste buds are old and numbed by years of spicy food, but as far as I can tell catfish is just plain white mild fish, with a moist and succulent texture - you gonna love it! (Pardon me, it's a Southern favorite - "Bless yo' heart, ahm sure y'all will just love it!"

      1. I too am a big fan of catfish. Probably my favourite freshwater fish.

        I don't see why you don't just go ahead and try it. It's not like you're ordering caviar or a lobster. If you don't like it, don't eat it. It won't set you back very much.

        DT

        1. I don't know, I put cod and roughy in the plain, white, mild fish category. Catfish has a twangy taste (for lack of a better word) that defies my attempt at classification. If it's fried, and it mostly is, there is a taste in the background, behind the cornmeal coating plucking on a banjo.

          1. I agree with the above but I do know that my friends who aren't crazy about seafood usually esp. don't like catfish because it can be fishier than a lot of other fish.