Pan-seared Krispy Rockfish Fillets have a seasoned flour/cornmeal/puffed rice coating, creating an easy, delicious main dish to enjoy.
Pan-seared Krispy Rockfish Fillets have a seasoned flour/cornmeal/puffed rice coating, creating an easy, delicious main dish to enjoy.

If you’re looking for a delicious, seafood main dish that doesn’t take too much time or effort to make, check out this recipe for Krispy Rockfish Fillets! This recipe can also be used to cook other types of “whitefish”. My husband and I became fans of rockfish several years ago, after the first time we tried it. I made Pan-Seared Rockfish with Fresh Herbs , wrote about that experience and shared the recipe on this blog.

Since that time, I’ve share quite a few recipes featuring rockfish, and we’ve enjoyed each one. I found this particular recipe in a 20 year old food magazine in my collection, made a few changes to suit our taste, and want to share the recipe here today. It’s simple and delicious, and I truly hope you enjoy it:

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Prepare The Egg Wash And Crumb Coating For The Fish

Whisk one egg and ¾ cup of milk in a shallow medium-sized bowl. Once combined, set the bowl aside. Place puffed rice cereal (we use Rice Krispies) in a re-sealable plastic bag, and use the flat side of a meat mallet (or a rolling pin) to finely crush the cereal.

In a large re-sealable bag, combine the crushed rice cereal, flour, cornmeal and seasonings (lemon pepper, seasoning salt, onion and garlic powders). Now you should have a bowl of egg/milk mixture AND a large bag containing the seasoning/coating mix. Time to prepare the rockfish for cooking!

Egg and milk are whisked together as an egg wash for rockfish fillets.Puffed rice cereal in plastic bag is crushed using the flat side of a meat mallet.The egg wash and seasoning mixture is ready to coat the fish fillets before cooking.

Time To Coat the Rockfish With Seasoning

This recipe as written is for 4 rockfish fillets (my photos only show 3), since it was only my husband and I eating this meal (he ate two). Pat the rockfish fillets dry with paper towels, then coat them, one at a time in egg wash on all sides. Let any excess egg mixture drip off back into the bowl, then place the fillet into the bag with the seasoning mix.

Repeat this with remaining fillets. Once all are in the seasoning mixture, seal the bag and shake well to fully cover all sides of each piece of fish with the flour/seasoning mix.

Paper towels are used to dry the rockfish before covering with coating.Each piece of fish is dipped into the egg wash to completely cover.Fish fillets are placed into seasoning mix bag after being covered in egg wash.

Cooking The Krispy Rockfish Fillets

Pour oil into a large skillet at a depth of about 1/4″. Heat the oil on medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking. Carefully add the rockfish fillets to the hot oil in a single layer. They should sizzle when they hit the hot oil!

Try not to move the fish once they go into the oil. Let the Krispy rockfish fillets cook for 6-7 minutes, then carefully turn the fish over to the other side. The bottom side should be crispy and golden brown in color. Cook second side an additional 5-6 minutes, until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Remove the skillet from the heat, and carefully transfer fish to individual plates for serving.

The Krispy rockfish fillets are fried in hot oil for 6-7 minutes before flipping to other side.Golden brown Krispy rockfish fillets frying in hot oil.

Time To Eat!

If desired, garnish each of the Krispy rockfish fillets with chopped fresh parsley and a lemon slice. These garnishes are optional, but add color and flavor, especially when the lemon is squeezed over the fish. Serve immediately while hot! 

The fish has a nice coating, good flavor, and should flake easily, if cooked well. We also enjoy the fish served with malt vinegar (drizzle it on the fish), or tartar sauce on the side . YUM!

Krispy rockfish fillets are served, garnished with parsley and a lemon slice.One of the rockfish fillets, served with broccoli and rice on the side.

I hope you have a chance to try this yummy recipe, and trust you’ll enjoy it like we do! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a wonderful day, friend.

Looking For More ROCKFISH Recipes?

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Original Recipe Source: “Taste of Home Magazine”, February-March 2002 edition (pages 27-28), published by The Reiman Corporation

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Krispy Rockfish Fillets
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

Pan-seared Krispy Rockfish Fillets have a seasoned flour/cornmeal/puffed rice coating, creating an easy, delicious main dish to enjoy.

Category: Main Dish, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: krispy rockfish fillets
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 285 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 medium egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal crushed
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 rockfish fillets (approx. 6 ounces each) can sub. other whitefish fillets
  • oil for frying (approx. 1/4" deep in skillet)
  • lemon slice and parsley (OPTIONAL garnish)
Instructions
  1. Whisk egg and milk in medium-sized bowl. Set bowl aside.

  2. Place puffed rice cereal in large re-sealable plastic bag and seal; use flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin to finely crush cereal. Add flour, cornmeal and remaining seasonings (lemon pepper, seasoning salt, onion and garlic powders) to bag.

  3. Pat fish dry with paper towels. Coat one fillet at a time in egg wash (on all sides). Let excess egg mixture drip back into bowl; place fillet into bag of flour/seasoning. Repeat with other fillets. Once all fillets are in bag with seasoning, seal bag; shake well to fully cover each fillet on all sides with flour/seasoning.

  4. Pour oil into a large skillet at a depth of 1/4". Heat oil on medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking. Carefully add rockfish fillets to hot oil in a single layer. They should sizzle when they hit oil! Try not to move fish once they're in oil. Cook 6-7 minutes; carefully turn fish over. Bottom side should be crispy/golden brown. Cook second side 5-6 minutes, until fish is cooked through, golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Remove skillet from heat; transfer fish to individual plates for serving. Serve hot.

  5. OPTIONAL: Garnish each fillet with chopped fresh parsley and a lemon slice, if desired.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The oil used for frying the fish is not added into the caloric calculation as the majority of it remains in the skillet and not on the fish.

Nutrition Facts
Krispy Rockfish Fillets
Amount Per Serving (1 fillet)
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 491mg21%
Potassium 786mg22%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 596IU12%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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