Pan frying fish is never a pleasant experience, especially for those who are not experienced in cooking pan fried fish on an almost everyday basis.
Fish, for one, easily breaks apart if fried incorrectly.
However, such a detriment should not discourage you from frying fish.
In fact, this topic will delve into various Pan Fried Fish Recipes you can try out in the convenience of your own home while learning a couple of tips and tricks on how you can avoid making certain common mistakes when pan frying fish.
Healthy Pan Fried Fish – Perfect For Your Diet!
To have a healthy and balanced diet, you must at least have two servings of fish on a weekly basis. To get started on the path to wellness, this subtopic will discuss on how to cook pan fried fish, the healthy way!
Prepare the following ingredients:
- Fish fillets – four pieces or around five pounds of either cod fish or tilapia, dried with a towel
- Salt – half a teaspoon. Feel free to reduce if you wish to lower your sodium intake
- Pepper – freshly grounded, just enough to add to taste
- Flour – rice or all-purpose, depending on preference, one-third of a cup
- Butter – preferably low-fat and unsalted, two tablespoons
- Oil – organic canola or avocado oil is encouraged. One tablespoon
- Pineapple Salsa – one cup, refrigerated
Steps on how to cook Healthy Pan Fried Fish:
Step 1: On a plate or any flat surface that you wish to work on, preferably a chopping board or a wide baking pan of sorts, so sprinkling with salt and pepper can be done properly and effectively. Ensure that they are applied on both sides equally on each fish fillet.
Step 2: In a shallow dish, it is now time to place some rice flour into it. Dip the fish into the rice flour and wiggle any excess flour that may stick.
Step 3: In a large skillet over medium to high heat, melt some butter. Put oil into the skillet once it becomes hot enough and then carefully place the fish fillets, so as to prevent the oil from splashing out and potentially burning you. Fry the fillets, increasing or decreasing heat if needed to stop the butter from burning. Turn the fish fillets over when it is cooked on each side. You will know when it is cooked when the external part of the fillet is golden brown in colour, which is going to take around one to three minutes.
Step 4: Proceed frying the fish fillets until the meat is opaque from inside and out for about thirty seconds to two minutes, preferably more time may be needed if the thickness of your fish fillets is greater.
Step 5: Along with salsa, serve the fish fillet immediately.
More Pan-Fried Fish: Crispy Mississippi Catfish & Hush Puppies
Aside from white fish, you can also make some pan-fried fish by using catfish, but this time, Mississippi-style! Toss in some hush puppies for more deliciousness into the mix.
Firstly, prepare the ingredients that you are going to need for Mississippi catfish:
- Two quarts or more of Peanut Oil
- One cup of yellow corn meal
- Half a cup of flour
- Three tablespoons of salt, your choice of seasoned/Kosher/iodized
- One tablespoon of garlic salt
- Half a teaspoon of lemon pepper
- One-fourth of a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper
- A dash or two of freshly ground black pepper
- Eight catfish fillets
- Just enough salt to season
Secondly, prepare the following ingredients for hush puppies:
- One cup of Yellow cornmeal, preferably the self-rising sort
- One half of a cup of flour, preferably self-rising
- One tablespoon of sugar
- One large fresh egg
- One half of a cup of beer
- Some peanut oil. The quantity would depend on your preference
- One half of a cup of green bell pepper, chopped
- One piece of Jalapeno pepper, chopped
- One half of a cup of diced onion
Thirdly, let us get into the steps on how to cook your Mississippi Catfish with Hush Puppies!
Step 1: First thing that you are going to want to prioritize in prepping is the catfish. Get a large skillet or pan, preferably cast iron that is about three inches or deeper. Carefully put oil into it and light up the stove and let it heat to about medium to high. Let it heat before it will start smoking. For a more accurate reference, let it heat to about three hundred fifty to three hundred sixty degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer.
Step 2: For the meantime, get a shallow dish or a similar container and fuse the flour, corn meal, garlic salt, lemon pepper, Cayenne pepper, black pepper and seasoned salt into it. Dip the fish fillets into the shallow dish and make sure that it is properly spread and wiggle off any excess.
Step 3: So as to avoid overcrowding of fish meat in frying the catfish, fry them in a couple of batches over hot oil, ensuring that each fillet has adequate space. Before rotating it over the other side, ensure that each side is to be fried for about five to six minutes or until the side cooking is golden brown. Once cooked, move the fillets in a dish lined with paper towel to drain the oil. Spread onto the meat a dash of salt and set the fillets aside.
Step 4: Now it’s time to prepare the Hush Puppies: Combine the yellow self-rising corn meal, self-rising flour and sugar, digging a gap forming a well in the middle of the mix.
Step 5: Fuse the eggs, beer, diced onion, green bell pepper and jalapeno pepper in a bowl and stir until it is moist.
Step 6: In a large sauce pan or Dutch oven, put some oil about three inches and heat it up to about three hundred seventy-five degrees.
Step 7: Scoop the batter of hush puppies using a tablespoon and roll them into balls and toss them into the saucepan or Dutch oven and fry for about two minutes, rolling the balls over to ensure that they are cooked evenly. Place the hush puppies on a dish lined with paper towels to drain the oil.
Combine both the catfish and hush puppies and serve them together.
By following the two recipes mentioned above, you can whip yourself up some Pan-Fried Fish at the convenience of your own home and kitchen. Be it a party or just for yourself, these recipes are perfect for whatever occasion!