Oven Fried Fish. Mrs. Jane E. Wallace. Recipe

Oven Fried Fish Recipe

The concept of oven-frying, a healthier alternative to deep frying, has been around for centuries. While the exact origin of this cooking technique is unclear, the method has been popularized in various cuisines around the world. In many cultures, fish has been a staple food for centuries, leading to the development of numerous ways to prepare it. One such method is oven frying, a technique that combines the crispy texture of fried fish with the convenience and health benefits of baking.

Fun Facts:
- Oven frying not only reduces the amount of oil used in cooking but also makes it easier to achieve a crispy exterior while keeping the fish moist and tender on the inside.
- The use of eggs and flour in this recipe creates a flavorful and golden crust on the fish, adding both texture and taste.
- Garnishing the fish plate with parsley not only enhances its visual appeal but also adds a fresh herbaceous flavor to the dish.

- 1 whole white or bass fish, cleaned and scaled
- Butter, for greasing the pan
- Salt, to taste
- 2 eggs, beaten
- All-purpose flour, for dredging
- Water, for basting
- Fresh parsley, for garnish

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Meanwhile, prepare the fish by cleaning and scaling it properly. Rinse it under cold water and pat it dry with a paper towel.

2. Grease a fish pan with butter, ensuring that it is spread thickly to prevent the fish from sticking to the pan during baking.

3. Place the cleaned fish in the greased pan, ensuring that it fits comfortably without overlapping.

4. Season the fish with salt, evenly coating both sides. This will enhance the flavor and help bring out the natural taste of the fish.

5. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until well combined and frothy. Pour the beaten eggs over the fish, ensuring they cover the entire surface.

6. Dredge the fish with all-purpose flour, evenly coating both sides. This will create a crispy crust during baking.

7. Place the pan with the fish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately three-quarters of an hour. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the size and thickness of the fish, so keep an eye on it.

8. While the fish is baking, prepare a basting mixture by melting a small amount of butter and combining it with water. This mixture will help keep the fish moist and add additional flavor.

9. After the fish has been baking for about 30 minutes, open the oven and carefully baste it with the butter and water mixture. This will further enhance the flavor and ensure a moist and tender result.

10. Return the pan to the oven and continue baking for the remaining time or until the fish is cooked through and the crust is golden brown and crispy.

11. Once cooked, carefully remove the fish from the oven and transfer it to a serving plate.

12. Garnish the fish plate with fresh parsley for a pop of color and an added touch of flavor.

Serve the Oven Fried Fish while it's still hot, alongside your favorite side dishes or a bed of steamed vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
1. Oven Fried Chicken: Apply the same oven-frying technique to chicken by following a similar process but using chicken pieces instead of fish. Coat the chicken with seasoned flour, bake it in the oven, and enjoy a healthier twist on classic fried chicken.

2. Oven Fried Zucchini Fries: Slice zucchini into sticks, coat them with seasoned breadcrumbs or flour, and bake them in the oven until crispy. Serve as a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional French fries.

3. Oven Fried Shrimp: Toss peeled and deveined shrimp in an egg wash, dip them in a mixture of seasoned flour or breadcrumbs, and bake until golden brown. Enjoy a guilt-free version of deep-fried shrimp with all the flavor and none of the excessive oil.

Experiment with different types of fish, seasonings, and coatings to create your unique twist on oven-fried dishes. The possibilities are endless, and you can enjoy the crispy goodness without the guilt!



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