Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 1 lb shad fingers
- 1 T. salt
- 1 t. cayenne (or more or less to taste)
- 1 t. ground black pepper
- 1 cup cornmeal, fine-to-medium grind
- 4 T. canola oil or bacon fat, for frying
- Lemon wedges to serve
Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, then add oil or fat. Let this get hot for another minute or two.
Mix the cornmeal with the salt, cayenne and black pepper and roll the shad fingers in it. Shake to remove excess.
Fry the shad fingers over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Turn only once, so you get a nice crust.
Serve at once with a wedge of lemon. This is an easy appetizer that goes best with a beer or a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade.