Oven Fried Fish Fillets

Oven Fried Fish Fillets
Oven Fried Fish Fillets. Diana Rattray
  • 33 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Yield: 4 fillets (serves 4)
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These oven-fried fish fillets are an excellent alternative to deep-fried fish. A combination of seasoned bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and panko bread crumbs make these fish fillets crunchy and flavorful. Serve with baked or deep-fried French fries and coleslaw for a delicious family meal.

Use the included quick tartar sauce recipe or serve it with this spicy Louisiana remoulade sauce or cocktail sauce.

I usually make these with haddock, but tilapia, cod, or catfish could be substituted. Be sure to adjust cooking time for very thick or thin fillets.

What You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup milk (or light cream)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (seasoned​ such as garlic herb or Italian)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 4 fish fillets, haddock (or similar mild white fish)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • Optional Quick Tartar Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 450 F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and then oil or spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the milk or cream with the egg.
  4. In another bowl, combine the panko crumbs, seasoned bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Dredge the fish fillets in the milk and egg mixture and then coat thoroughly with the crumb mixture.
  6. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  1. Drizzle with melted butter.
  2. Bake for 12 to 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Check thin fillets for doneness at about 10 minutes.
  3. Serve the fish fillets with the quick tartar sauce (below) or your family's favorite homemade or commercial sauce. Add French fries and coleslaw for a perfect meal.

Quick Tartar Sauce

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, relish, and onion powder. Mix to blend thoroughly. Serve with the oven-fried fish fillets.

Tips and Variations

  • The thickness of a fish fillet determines the cooking time. To test fish for doneness, insert the tines of a fork into the center of the thickest part of a fish fillet. Twist gently. The fish should be opaque in the center and will flake easily. 
  • Haddock and other fish fillets often have a "tail" which is thinner than the rest of the fillet. Tuck thin ends like this under so the thickness of the fillet is uniform.
  • Add dried parsley flakes to the crumb mixture.