Crispy Pan-Fried Fish Fillets Recipe

Recipe Category: Fish

Crispy Pan-Fried Fish Fillets Recipe


Makes 4 Servings

  • 1 pound white fish fillets each ½-inch thick
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ½ cup panko (japanese-style breadcrumbs; see chicken, fish, and meat)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • lemon or lime wedges, for serving


  1. Rinse the fish under cold running water, then pat it dry with paper towels and set aside
  2. Break the egg into a pie pan, then beat with a fork or a small whisk, adding the teaspoon of water as you go
  3. When no egg white is still visible, stop beating and set aside
  4. Combine the panko, salt, and pepper on a dinner plate
  5. Have a second dinner plate ready to hold the coated fillets
  6. One at a time, dip the fillets into the egg and then let any excess egg drip off back into the pie pan
  7. Put each moistened fillet into the panko mixture, pressing it down firmly so the crumbs will adhere
  8. Then turn it over, and press the second side into the crumbs until it becomes completely coated all over
  9. Shake off any extra panko mixture, and transfer the coated fillet to the clean plate
  10. Place a large (10-to 12-inch-or big enough to hold all 4 fillets) heavy skillet over medium heat
  11. After about a minute, add the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan
  12. Add the butter, and swirl until it melts into the oil
  13. Carefully transfer the coated fillets to the hot pan
  14. Cook, undisturbed, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until deep golden brown on the bottom
  15. Use a metal spatula to carefully loosen each fillet, being careful to keep its coating intact
  16. Flip each fillet over, and cook on the second side for 2 to 3 minutes, or until that side is deep golden brown
  17. A sharp knife should insert easily into the thickest part of the fish, revealing opaque flesh
  18. If necessary, cook a minute or so longer
  19. Serve hot, accompanying each portion with a wedge or two of lemon or lime

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