Step 1 Rinse and dry catfish. Cut crosswise on slight diagonal into 1-inch strips. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Combine cornmeal, dash salt, pepper and dash cayenne. Dredge catfish strips in seasoned cornmeal, shaking off excess.
Step 2 Heat oil in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Oil should be hot but not smoking. Fry fish until golden brown, about 3 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness of fish. Turn fish over halfway through cooking time. Drain briefly on paper towels and serve with lemon wedges.