Monday, December 21, 2009

Cracker-and-Parmesan-Crusted Fish Fillets

This is a recipe I found in the Rachael Ray Magazine.  It is an excellent way to eat fish, especially if you are a picky fish eater.  The cook time for the fish is dead-on if you use tilapia fillets.  I am always either over cooking or under cooking my fish, but this came out perfect!

Cracker-and-Parmesan-Crusted Fish Fillets

1 cup oyster crackers
1/3 cup Ritz crackers
3/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Flour, for coating
2 large eggs, beaten
Splash heavy cream or half-and-half
EVOO, for frying
4 sole or tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges, for serving

1.  Using a food processor, grind the oyster crackers, Ritz crackers, parmigiano-reggiano, parsley, chives, thyme, Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder.  Transfer to a shallow bowl, beat the eggs and cream.
2.  Fill a large skillet with enough EVOO to reach a depth of 1/4 inch and heat over medium-high heat.  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.  Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper.  Coat the fish with the flour, shaking off any excess; coat with the egg mixture, then with the cracker crumbs.  Working with 2 fillets at a time, fry the fish in the skillet, turning once, until deep golden, about 5 minutes.  Transfer each batch to the oven to keep warm  Serve with the lemon wedges.


  1. Wow, that looks pretty tasty!

    I never would have thought to cook fish at only 200 degrees, learn something new everyday.

  2. Actually, the 200 degree oven is just to keep the fish warm after you fry them. I have a big enough pan to fry four fillets at the same time, so I didn't have to use the oven.

  3. Perhaps you were over/under cooking everything because of the foil that was in your oven....

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