Crispy Pan Fried Fish

Pan Fried Fish is a thing of beauty, with its beautiful crisp golden crust and fat flesh inside. It ’ s a extremely quick dinner because cooking pisces fillets on the stove takes less than 5 minutes !
Wondering how to stop fish sticking to the pan ? It ’ s easy : use a heavy based frying pan ( doesn ’ metric ton motivation to be not stick ), heat the pan before adding oil, and most importantly – do not move move the fish until it naturally releases from the pan !
Overhead photo of Crispy Pan Fried Fish with a side of asparagus and beans

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Crispy Pan Fried Fish

I think that cooking fish on the stove is the BEST manner to cook fish, specially when you invest in actually well pisces fillets – or you ’ ve caught your own ! Crispy and golden on the outside – with or without skin, though I do love shatteringly crisp skin like Crispy Skin Salmon – and beautifully juicy on the at heart. Pan fried pisces is one of those things that is so quick and then good, we wonder why we don ’ t make it every night .
But unless you know a few little tips, you can end up with a disappointingly boggy fish fillet or, even sadder, all that golden crisp good stuck on the pan. So today I ’ meter sharing my tips to nail pan fried fish perfectly, every single time.

How to cook fish fillets in a pan – perfectly!

  • Use a intemperate based frying pan – it doesn ’ t necessitate to be not perplex, but it needs to be a intemperate pan ;
  • Heat the pan before adding anoint ;
  • If it sticks a bit, do not move until it naturally releases ;
  • Pat fish dry before cook ; and
  • Shake off excess flour very well .

I go through each of these points in a piece more detail below. 🙂
Making Crispy Pan Fried Fish without deep frying is simple - and so good!

How to cook fish on the stove – perfectly every time!

1. Use a heavy duty skillet – it DOES NOT need to be a non stick pan! Contrary to popular belief, it ’ s not just about using a not stick pan. A thin, brassy not stick pan will cause the pisces to be in close and harsher contact with the stove, causing the fish to brown raggedly in the few minutes it ’ second on the stove. Some crisp patches, some not so crisp ones .
Use a fleshy duty frying pan, like a frame iron frying pan ( pictured ) or a good quality, heavy not adhere child pan ( I love my ScanPan, shown in the video recording ). It heats better, and more evenly, which truly helps to get an even, aureate, crisp crust .
2. Heat the pan first before adding the oil – I have NEVER had problems with fish sticking to the pan since I adopted this technique. It ’ mho fair an easy way to ensure the oil is hot adequate but not besides blistering ( a common error people make ) .
To do this, just heat a dry pan, and equally soon as you see minor wisp of smoke, add anoint, twirl to coat basal, then immediately add the fish .
3. Do not move until it releases naturally –  Most fish fillets will initially stick to the pan as they start to cook ( unless you ’ rhenium using so much vegetable oil you ’ re basically shallow frying them ). But it naturally releases once the coat is cooked and fortunate .
so give it a nudge, and if it doesn ’ thyroxine want to move, then it means that it ’ s not ready. therefore just leave it and try again in another 15 seconds or so !
4. Pat fish dry – dry pisces = crisp surface. particularly authoritative for dissolve freeze fish .
5. Shake off excess flour – coat well in flour but vigorously shake off excess ( excessively much flour = crisp crust falls off )
Making Crispy Pan Fried Fish without deep frying is simple - and so good!

Love big, bold flavours?

Try this Cajun Blackened Fish – seasoned with Cajun spices then pan fried to perfection !

Sauces for fish

With well seasoned crisp skin and juicy flesh inside, I don ’ t need anything more than a extort of fresh lemon. But I am a sauce person, so I never turn down a sauce even for fish ! here are my favorite Sauces for fish :

  • Lemon Butter Sauce for fish – this is an absolute ripper. Totally restaurant worthy, 2 ingredients, the confidential is to brown the butter;
  • Creamy Dill Sauce – traditionally thought of for salmon but evenly full with other fish ;
  • Cocktail Sauce, Marie Rose Sauce, or Tartare Sauce – recipe in this Prawn Dipping Sauces station
  • Lemon Cream Sauce ( see recipe notes ) – A richer cream sauce with lemon ;
  • childlike Lemon Butter Sauce* cooked with the depicted Asparagus, Peas and Beans, as pictured. It ’ s in truth good !

The one catch with Crispy Pan Fried Fish is that it doesn ’ triiodothyronine bide crisp for that hanker. Once the pisces cools, the surface loses brittleness. so feed it fresh off the stave ! – Nagi xx

Try these on the side:

Making Crispy Pan Fried Fish without deep frying is simple - and so good!

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Crispy Pan Fried Fish

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Overhead photo of Crispy Pan Fried Fish with a side of asparagus and beans

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Recipe video above. 3 key tips to ensure your pan fried fish comes out beautifully golden and crispy every time: pat the fish dry, press flour on well but shake excess off well, and heat the pan first before adding the oil or use a heavy duty non stick pan. With a good fish, well seasoned and crispy skin, I don’t need a sauce….but I’ve added a couple in the notes just in case! 🙂


  • 2 slender fish fillets, around 150g/5 oz each, 1 curium / 2/5 ” thick, skin on or off ( Note 1 )

  • Salt and capsicum

  • 1/4 cup / 35g flour ( plain/all aim, wheaten )

  • 1 tsp sweet pepper , optional ( Note 2 )

  • 2 – 3 tbsp oil, enough to by and large thinly report base ( I use vegetable or canola oil )


  • Lemon wedges

  • finely chop parsley or dill , for garnishee, optional


  • use scrunched up newspaper towels to pat the fish dry on both sides. This is specially significant if you are using thawed flash-frozen fish .
  • Season the fish well on both sides with salt and pepper (key!).

  • Mix the flour and sweet pepper on a plate .
  • Coat fish on both sides with flour, pressing down firmly so it adheres, but shake well to remove excess. (Note 2)

  • Heat a heavy based skillet (normal or non stick) over medium high heat until you see wisps of smoke. Add oil and swirl to coat the pan – it will heat within seconds.

  • Add fish – it should sizzle straight away. Shake the pan lightly to move the fish. Cook for 2 minutes until golden and crisp, pressing down gently, then flip. Cook the other side for 2 minutes until crisp then remove.

  • If it’s browning too quickly, just remove pan from the stove briefly.  If it’s stuck, don’t move – it will release naturally once golden.

  • Serve fish immediately with lemon wedges and garnished with dill or parsley, if using. It starts to lose crispiness after 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes:

1. Fish – This recipe will work with any fish taenia ( skin on or off ) but I tend to make it with thin fillets – more crisp clamber to flesh proportion, more evenly golden and crisp. I used silver dinghy in the television and half the photograph .
Make surely your fish has been pin boned ( i.e. bones removed ) and if there is hide, that the scales have been removed. Shop brought fish should come already prepared .
2. Shaking off excess flour is important for crisp skin because otherwise, the excess flour wrinkle but then falls off when flip. besides, excess flour burns in the pan and you get black bits on the pisces .
3. Sauces: I do n’t need anything more than a pinch of fresh lemon with this dish, however, hera are a few sauce options :

  • Killer Lemon Butter Sauce – very fine dining restaurant worthy!
  • Creamy Dill Sauce
  • Cocktail Sauce, Marie Rose Sauce, or Tartare Sauce – recipes in this Prawn Dipping Sauces post
  • Simple Lemon Butter Sauce: Melt 50g/3tbsp salted butter, add 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (or to taste).
  • (Rich) Lemon Cream Sauce: Simmer 1/2 cup cream over medium heat, add 1 tbsp butter, zest of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 tbsp lemon juice. Simmer for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Asparagus, butter beans and peas in lemon butter sauce (pictured in post): Use Simple Lemon Butter above and add 3 tbsp water. Bring to simmer, add 2/3 cup drained canned white beans, handful of asparagus cut into 5 cm / 2″ lengths, 1/4 cup frozen peas. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until asparagus is just cooked and liquid is thickened. Stir through 1 tbsp chopped dill, adjust salt & pepper to taste. Spoon onto plate, place fish on top. The sauce doubles as sauce for the fish.

It would besides not be unheard of to serve this with tomato catsup !
4. Nutrition per serve, assuming 1.5 tbsp anoint is used and all consumed ( which it is not ), skinless fish lemniscus .

Nutrition Information:





Originally published June 2017. Updated for housekeeping matters in March 2019, no change to recipe.

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