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How to Pan-Fry Fish Fillets

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Set Up Breading/Coating Station
Preparing to Bread Fish Fillets

Preparing to Bread Fish Fillets

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The most complete and thorough way to coat fish (or anything for pan-frying) includes three steps: first flour, then egg, and the a final coating of bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, cornmeal, or panko:

  1. On your left, set up a plate, shallow bowl or tray with about 1 cup flour for every pound of fish and mix in 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper, if you like. (If you're left-handed, start from right and go left.)
  2. In the center, thoroughly whisk 2 eggs in a swallow bowl for each pound of fish.
  3. On the right, prepare a large plate or tray with about 2 cups of bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, cornmeal, panko, or other coating.
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