You’ll enjoy this simple, delicious recipe for panko crusted rockfish! Fish fillets are seasoned, coated with crispy panko crumbs, and pan-seared until done.
You'll enjoy this simple, delicious recipe for panko crusted rockfish! Fish fillets are seasoned, coated with crispy panko crumbs, and pan-seared.

Have you ever eaten rockfish before? It is a mild flavored, medium firm fish that my husband and I started buying over the past couple years. The first time my husband bought some fillets at the grocery store, and brought them home, I wasn’t sure WHAT to do with it, since I’d never tasted it before!

Long story short, I wound up creating a recipe we loved, and have been buying and using rockfish fillets in recipes ever since! We’ve enjoyed Grilled Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce, Cornmeal Spice-Crusted Rockfish, and Pan-Seared Rockfish with Fresh Herbs, to name a few!

I came up with this super simple recipe for panko crusted rockfish one evening when my husband was invited out for dinner with a friend at the last minute. I had some rockfish already thawed, so I decided to cook a nice meal just for me! Sure beats cold cereal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

The idea of panko coating to make the fish nice and crispy on the outside sounded good. I made a simple seasoning mix to season the fish with, and boom! A delicious seafood dinner was enjoyed by ME. Here’s how easy this seafood dish is to make!

Make The Seasoning For The Fish

In a small bowl, combine the spices used to season the rockfish. These spices are garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, paprika and dried parsley. EASY!

A few common spices are mixed to season the rockfish.

Prepare The Rockfish Fillets

Pat the rockfish fillets dry, using paper towels. Sprinkle one side of the fish with the seasoning mix, dividing it equally between the two pieces.

Each of the fish fillets are seasoned on one side before cooking.

Place the panko crumbs onto a dinner sized plate and spread them out. Place fish, one fillet at a time, onto the panko crumbs. Press down, to cover the bottom with the crumbs.

Turn the fillet over and coat the other side with crumbs, as well. Pat them firmly into the fish with your hands to make the crumbs adhere to the surface as much as possible.

Set the fillet aside and repeat with other piece, keeping at it until you get as much of the fillet covered with panko crumbs, as possible.

The rockfish fillets are dredged in panko crumbs to coat both sides before cooking.

Pan-Sear The Panko Crusted Rockfish

Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat until very hot, but not smoking.  Carefully place the fish into the hot oil, SEASONED SIDE DOWN. You should hear it sizzle when the fish goes into the skillet. Do not move the fish after it hits the skillet.

Cook for approximately 4 minutes, until you see the outside bottom edges of the panko crusted rockfish browning and getting crusty. Carefully turn each fillet to the other side, using a spatula. Cook the second side for about 4 minutes, until fish is cooked through and flakes easily.

Fish is pan-seared in hot oil.Panko custed fish is flipped and other side is cooked, as well.

Transfer the finished fish to serving plates, and dig in! I served the panko crusted rockfish with Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette and a Wild Rice Salad (with pumpkin vinaigrette) on the side. It was a very satisfying and delicious meal!

Broccoli and rice salad were served with the panko crusted rockfish.

See how flaky the rockfish is inside? It sure tastes good, too. Trust me, this was SUCH a simple dish to prepare, in under 20 minutes from start to finish!

The panko crusted rockfish is cooked through, and flakes easily.

Hope you enjoy this recipe for crispy panko crusted rockfish!  I sure did. Be sure and check out the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page for a look at ALL of my Seafood recipes! Have a wonderful day.

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Panko Crusted Rockfish
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

You'll enjoy this simple, delicious recipe for panko crusted rockfish! Fish fillets are seasoned, coated with crispy panko crumbs, and pan-seared.

Category: Entree-Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: panko crusted rockfish
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 316 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
Seasoning For Fish:
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • teaspoon salt and pepper (¼ teaspoon EACH)
  • teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • teaspoon paprika
Remainder of Ingredients:
  • 2 rockfish fillets (approx. 4-5 ounces each)
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs (must use panko crumbs for crunchiest crust!)
  • Tablespoons olive oil (or oil of your choice)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, paprika and dried parsley. Pat the rockfish fillets dry, using paper towels. Sprinkle one side of the fish with the seasoning mix, dividing it equally between both pieces of fish.

  2. Place panko crumbs onto a dinner sized plate and spread them out. Place fish, one fillet at a time, onto the panko crumbs. Press down, to cover the bottom with the crumbs. Turn the fillet over and coat the other side with crumbs, as well. Pat them into the fish with your hands to make the crumbs adhere to the surface as much as possible. Set fish aside and repeat with other fillet.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat until very hot, but not smoking.  Carefully place fish into the hot oil, SEASONED SIDE DOWN. You should hear it sizzle when it goes into the skillet. Do not move the fish after it hits the skillet. Cook for approximately 4 minutes, until you see the outside bottom edges of the rockfish browning. Once well browned and crusty, carefully turn each fillet to the other side, using a spatula. Cook the second side for about 4 minutes, until fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Transfer the fish to serving plate once done, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Panko Crusted Rockfish
Amount Per Serving (1 fillet (4 ounces))
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 450mg20%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 62IU1%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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