How to Cook Fish

How to Pan-Fry Fish Fillets

One delicious way to prepare fish that has been filleted to Southern pan-frying. This method usually involves a cast-iron skillet, but any heavy skillet will suffice.
  1. Rinse fish pieces and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Dip fish in coating mixture of your choice.

    Coat the fish in a mixture of your choice.
    Coat the fish in a mixture of your choice.

  3. Heat 1 inch of oil in large, heavy saucepan over medium heat until a fresh bread cube placed in oil browns in 45 seconds (about 365 degrees Fahrenheit).

    Use a heavy saucepan to heat the oil to avoid burning.
    Heat the oil until a cube of bread browns in 45 seconds.

  4. Fry fish, a few pieces at a time, 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and fish flakes easily when tested with fork. Adjust heat to maintain temperature. (Allow temperature of oil to return to 365 degrees Fahrenheit between each batch.) Drain fish on paper towels.
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