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:
- 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.)
- In the center, thoroughly whisk 2 eggs in a swallow bowl for each pound of fish.
- On the right, prepare a large plate or tray with about 2 cups of bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, cornmeal, panko, or other coating.