Pan Fried Fish

This recipe for pan fried fish has become my family's favorite way to eat fish.

pan fried fish

My husband likes this fish because it's dry and crispy. My kids like it because it has a tasty breading. I like it because it's quick and easy to make!

You can use any mild white fish in this easy fish recipe.

This is especially delicious with homemade Tartar Sauce.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • whole wheat flour
    • salt
    • pepper
    • cornmeal
    • vegetable oil

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • eggs

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • white fish fillets

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a small bowl
    • a shallow bowl
    • 2 plates
    • a large skillet
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • paper towels

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a second skillet
    • a set of tongs for lifting the fish (if not, you can use a fork)

    The recipe

    about 1 1/2 pounds/750 g fish fillets

    1/3 cup/80 mL whole wheat flour

    1 tsp/5 mL salt

    1/2 tsp/2 mL pepper

    2 eggs

    1 cup/250 mL cornmeal

    oil for frying

    Rinse the fish under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.

    In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt and pepper.
    Spread this mixture on a plate.

    Put the eggs in a shallow bowl and beat them lightly.

    Put the cornmeal on a plate.

    In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil.

    Dip each fillet into the seasoned flour.
    Shake off the excess.

    Dip the fillet into the egg.
    Let the excess egg drip off.

    Dip the fillet into the cornmeal.

    Put the fish into the hot oil and brown about 2 minutes on each side, till the fish flakes with a fork.

    Drain on a paper towel.


    • Use any flour in place of the whole wheat flour.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Try adding spices to the flour mixture. How about tarragon, oregano or basil?


    • Don't crowd the fish in the skillet. If you have an extra skillet, cook two batches at once. If not, put the cooked fish in the oven at 250F/120C to stay warm while you cook another batch.

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