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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How about some fish?

Fried fish was quite a staple of Mom's summer cooking. She fried them all: the carp, the cod, the halibut. Cat fish. Mmmmm.
I'm not much of a fish fryer, but once in the blue moon, when the mood strikes right, I don't mind a nice fried fish fillet. Here's to you, Mama! :)

  • 1 lb white fish ( such as cod, snapper or halibut)
  • 0.5 c. flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt/cracked black pepper/parsley flakes or fresh
  • 1 c. panko crumbs
  • 0.5 c. fresh Parmesan (shredded)
  • 2 TBS oil
Prepare three bowls: #1 - flour; #2 - beaten egg with spices (above); #3 - panko and parm mixed together. Preheat your frying pan (I like to use my trusted iron one), add oil, we're ready to dip & fry!
Coat the fillet in flour, dip in the egg mixture, now coat with crumbs, and throw on the pan. Fry on medium heat until crust turns a beautiful golden color (about 2-3 min. per side). Done!
What's on the plate? Fish that's moist, yet not greasy. Crust that's flavorful, yet not overwhelming. It's a perfect combination of textures. Go ahead, break it open with a fork. You should hear a gentle crunching of the panko crust as the tender, flaky fillet is revealed. Mama dunnit right! :)  Enjoy.

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