Catfish is the only fish I will eat... Battered and fried of course.
Yeah it blew my mind, when I saw on the news, that catfish is the number 1 eaten/bought fish in the U.S. I grew up eating tons of different fish and catfish on the table meant that we were hurtin' ,getting desperate even
But some people around here, that's all they want. So Pop's never had to worry about giving it away. He has had me cleaning catfish all summer just to give away, cuz they were really bite'n this year.
I prefer a nice white, flaky fish myself. Freshwater: crappie, walleye, and every1's favorite...striper aka striped white bass. Saltwater: flounder, whiting, seatrout (not my fav) and puppy drum aka red drum. Now my favorite hands down saltwater fish....a good and ugly ole puffer fish ( completely different species of blowfish than the infamous puffer fish thats toxic and eaten in japan)
Of course I prefer all the above breaded and pan fried but love battered and deep fried as well. Occasionally will do a baked or good ole fashioned campfire cook in tin foil.
Granted store bought farm raised catfish is much milder than wild. We have Channel cat, big Blue cat and Mud cat around here ( they get stronger in flavor in the same order). Mom can soak in butter milk with ginger and even turn mud cat into good eating.