One of the best ways to have fish is to fry fish. Pan-fried fish is not only delicious, it also avoids the use of lots of oil required for deep frying. This option works even better with non-fatty fish. Usually the fish is coated with flour before frying which keeps the fish moist and prevents over-cooking. You also get crispy crust.
How to Fry Fish
Select the Fish
Around 1 pound of fish fillets is adequate for 4 servings. You can have the fillet of ½ or ¾ inch thickness. You can use fishes like cod, flounder and red snapper.
Get the Fish Ready
Clean by washing the fillets and pat them dry with paper napkins. Cut the fillets as per servings required, using a sharp knife.
Prepare the Coating
Mix ⅔ cup of cornmeal or bread crumbs with dash of ground black pepper and ½ teaspoon of salt. You can also use crushed potato chips with pepper. The coating will be crunchy when pan-fried. Beat an egg with 2 tablespoons of milk or water to dip the fish before coating in another bowl.
Coat the Fish
Dip the fish fillets in the egg mixture till it coats the fillet completely. Transfer the fillet in the crumb mixture and press gently until the crumb coats the fillet on each side.
Shallow or Pan-Fry the Fish
Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat and place the fish fillets in a single layer. The fish should sizzle when placed on the skillet.
Fry till the fish turns golden brown, which would take about 3-4 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the fish and fry for 3-4 minutes. It should flake easily with fork.
Transfer the fish on paper napkins to drain excess fat. You can also transfer the fried fillets in oven to keep them warm.
You can serve the hot fried fish fillets by itself or with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.