Thursday, September 13, 2018

How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets

How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets
It's easy to think it would be difficult to pan-fry fish with success.

But with the right set of steps, it is fairly straight forward to accomplish with success - if you have a decent pan.

Here is how to get started when you want to pan fry frozen sole fillets, or a fish of a similar size and thickness.

Thaw First

When using frozen fish fillets, leave them in the fridge overnight to thaw.

How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets Step 1: Remove excess moisture from fillets

To remove any excess moisture, give them a spin in a salad spinner. It's fast, and saves using loads of paper towel.

Dredge in Flour

Once the excess moisture is removed, dust each fillet in all-purpose flour.

How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets Step 2: Dredge fish fillets in flour

For more flavor, combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour with 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning - plus a few big pinches of salt and pepper.

This is based on Chef Michael Smith's advice (that he provided on his television show) to use 1 tablespoon of your favorite fish seasoning per cup of flour.

Cook in Butter and Oil

Beware. Butter burns easily.

Step 3: How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets: Melt butter in skillet

To prevent butter from burning, melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in 1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil over medium heat. Add the fish fillets to the skillet once the butter has melted.

How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets Step 4: Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side

Sole fillets are thin and cook quickly. Two to three minutes per side is all it takes.

How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets

Four to six minutes later you have delicious golden brown fish fillets like these!

Drizzle with Lemon Juice

To make a quick sauce, add more butter to the pan along with freshly squeezed lemon juice, after you have removed the fillets. Stir over medium-low heat scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets Step 5: Drizzle with fresh lemon juice

Or simply drizzle the cooked fillets with fresh lemon juice - much easier. Pairs really well with the Italian seasoning!!!

How to Pan Fry Fish Fillets

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  1. Yum! Great tutorial for cooking fish and whipping up a pan sauce! Now I need to get my hands on some so I can give it a go!

  2. great advice! Thank you for sharing! I was looking for an easy way to cook frozen fish fillets. Thanks again :)