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Oven Fried Fish from Cooks Illustrated

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“Very tasty coating is worth the messy fingers! from Sept./Oct. 2008”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 -6 slices white bread, slightly stale is best
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • 23 cup approximately all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 12 teaspoon paprika
  • 14 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 14 lbs white fish, at least 1 in. thick cut into 4 pieces (Cod or haddock is recommended)


  1. heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. pulse bread, butter, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper in a food processor until coarsely ground.
  3. spread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  4. remove and cool crumbs, toss with parsley and shallots, place in a pie plate.
  5. increase oven temp to 450 degrees.
  6. blend eggs, Mayo., paprika, Cayenne, 1/4 tsp pepper and 5 tbsp of flour in a second pie plate.
  7. put remaining flour in a third pie plate.
  8. spray wire rack with cooking spray and place in a rimmed baking sheet.
  9. dry fish well and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  10. dredge first in flour, then egg mixture, then crumbs pressing into crumbs so that a nice thick layer sticks to the fish.
  11. place on wire rack and repeat with remaining fish.
  12. bake 18 - 20 minutes,or until internal temperature is 140 degrees.

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