Pan-Fried Fish

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With just few ingredients and a quick prep time, this is one of our go-to fried fish recipes. Try our potato chip-crusted version if you like salt, the cornmeal batter if you're a traditionalist, or the hot chili-spiced recipe if you prefer your dinner spicy.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
16 mins
Servings:
4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen fish fillets, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoon water

  • cup cornmeal or fine dry bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Dash black pepper

  • Shortening or cooking oil for frying

Directions

  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into four serving-size pieces, if necessary. Measure thickness of fish. In a shallow dish combine egg and water. In another shallow dish stir together cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Dip fish into egg mixture; coat fish with cornmeal mixture.

  2. In a large skillet heat 1/4 inch melted shortening or oil. Add half of the fish in a single layer, frying on one side until golden. (If fillets have skin, fry skin side last.) Turn carefully; fry until second side is golden and fish begins to flake when tested with a fork. Allow 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a 300 degree F oven while frying remaining fish.

  3. Makes 4 servings

    Potato Chip Fish

Spicy Hot Pan-Fried Fish:

Prepare as above, except omit pepper. Reduce cornmeal to 1/4 cup and combine with 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika.

Potato Chip Pan-Fried Fish:

Prepare as above, except substitute 1 1/3 cups finely crushed potato chips (about 4 cups chips) or saltine crackers for the cornmeal and omit salt.Nutrition Facts per 3 ounces for potato chip variation: 303 cal., 18 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 102 mg chol., 185 mg sodium, 10 g carbo., 1 g fiber, 23 g pro.Daily Values: 2% vit. A, 22% vit. C, 4% calcium, 6% ironExchanges: 1/2 Starch, 3 Very Lean Meat, 3 1/2 Fat

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
11g Fat
18g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 521mg 11%
Folate, total 56.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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