Panko and Italian Herb~Crusted Perch Filets!

Everyone knows that we should try to enjoy more fish in our nutrition versus beef and/or pork.  When it comes to preparing fish, we usually choose grilling for simplicity and speed.  However, as we all know, doing the same thing all the time tends to get boring.  So I searched the web for some quick and easy fish entree recipes and came up with a compilation of about three recipes.  As with every recipe that I post, I always recommend that you put your own spin on a recipe.  Just know that picture doesn’t lie and this crust is crunchy and yummy.  This fish recipe can be baked or fried.  
Either way that you choose to cook the fish, the panko breading sprinkled with herbs is delightful.  Panko is made from the center of bread instead of the crust.  Using it results in a larger, flaky bread crumb and a crunchier texture when fried.  We just love Panko!!  
I used perch fillets for this entree, but you can use any mild-flavored white fish as well (tilapia, cod, flounder).  If you can, try to use as freshly caught fish as you can.  Serve this encrusted fish with lemon-garlic butter or your favorite tartar sauce on the side for dipping.  This simple and easy fish pairs nicely with uncomplicated, colorful, fresh vegetables as well.  
Panko and Italian Herb-Crusted Perch Filets

4 lake or ocean perch (or any mild-flavored white fish)
1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. lemon zest
2 jumbo eggs
1/2 stick of butter (or more if desired)
1 cup canola oil
Garlic Butter
1 stick butter
juice from 1/2 lemon (or more if desired)
1 tsp. garlic powder
Blend all dry ingredients from the panko crumbs to the lemon zest in one medium sized bowl.
In a second medium sized bowl, beat the eggs.
Heat the butter and oil to hot on the stove OR pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Begin dipping the fish filets in the beaten eggs.
Dip egg-washed fish filets into the panko-herb breading.
Dip AGAIN into the eggs.
Dip AGAIN into the breading.
Place the breaded fish filets into the hot butter-oil, cover with a lid.
Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, depending on the heat of the oil.
Keep your eyes on the fish so that they cook until a nice golden brown color on each side.
For the dipping sauce, melt the butter and add lemon juice and garlic.  
If you bake the fish, place them in a baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil.
Bake until golden brown.
Garnish with lemon slices or wedges.
Serve with lemon-garlic butter and/or tartar sauce.

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  1. Crispy Critters this looks good!

  2. Roz, what a beautiful meal! Corn and peas lok so bright, and fish is excellent! Bravo!

  3. I made perch the other night, but it was nowhere near as scrumptious as your version.

  4. the fish just looks perfectly crusted. I love a good crust on fish and this one beats all I have seen so far. I will definitely be trying this soon!

  5. oh my mouth is watering, the Oldest will love this!! anne

  6. Wow Roz – this looks awesome and I have some crappie in the freezer just dying to be treated this way.

  7. Your perch looks beautifully coated and crusted in yumminess. Gorgeous!

  8. I know what you mean about the breadcrumbs but I had never heard them called panko. The meal looks delicious.

  9. Delicious blog, è proprio il caso di dirlo, complimenti e congratulations! Io bloggo di cinema e benessere e di viaggi di crescita più che altro in italiano ma a volte in inglese, and now also in english about life and maybe cooking which is becoming a brand new passion and hobbie..vieni a trovarmi e unisciti alla conversazione, mi farebbe davvero piacere!

  10. This is now on my list Roz. So scrumptious and such a nice change from the lemon and herbs I always do.

  11. This looks so fabulous, Roz! I’m running out of good Friday entrees for Lent…and this just moved to the top of the list. Hoping the hubby will add perch to the seafood he likes…this could do it!

  12. Oh Yum! This looks delicious! So many wonderful recipes here.

  13. Its Looks Yummy

    I like it


  14. Roz, this looks amazing! I love the addition of lemon pepper in the mix. Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday, I hope you’ll stop back next week and share some more :)

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