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Perfect 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Pan Fried Fish

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“Worried about deep frying foods? I am. Especially as I've gotten older, I try to look for ways to cut oil especially bad oil in my foods. This recipe makes wonderfully crisp fried fish with minimal oil; for example, 1 Tablespoon olive oil for 2 pieces (4-oz each) fish in less than 6 minutes. Works great for most white fish fish such as halibut, flounder, red snapper, rockfish, mahi mahi, orange roughy, cod, ling cod, and even salmon. It is best with a fish thickness no more than 1 inch.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine panko, cornstarch, and Parmesan in a shallow dish.
  2. Place egg in another shallow dish and beat 10 times with a fork.
  3. Season fish fillets with seasoning of your choice such as Old Bay, Greek, Blackening, etc, salt, and pepper.
  4. Dip fish fillets in egg, letting excess drip back into the dish.
  5. Dredge fillets in Panko mixture, making sure to coat all sides. Do this no more than 1 hour before cooking.
  6. Heat 1 or 2 Tablespoons oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat; add fish fillets.
  7. Saute until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  8. Remove from pan and serve with sauce of your choice, such as tartar sauce, piccata sauce, etc.

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