We eat a lot of fish and chips. The Bear likes it a lot. But he actually likes baked fish and roasted veg. Sometimes he wants chips and then I roast a few potatoes as well. The question was asked if I could try making the fish instead of buying packaged fish. There was a nytimes.com recipe I wished to try for fish and chips. The Bear said sure!
Except for convenience, I do not believe I will be purchasing breaded fish in the future. I have made these twice so far and both times were good. I tweaked the recipe a bit for what was in my kitchen and to our tastes, but no one seemed upset. The Bear likes white fish best. He is not too picky whether it is halibut or cod. I like the salmon but he did not.
I start the dinner with getting the veg in the oven. By the time the veg is done, the fish is done. I do a bit of preplanning though with the bread crumbs. I do not buy store bought bread crumbs so I need four slices of sourdough bread to go stale or make it stale before I start this process. And defrosted fish is a plus but not necessary. I would take the fish out before I start the veg.
baked fish (and chips or veg)
Note: I tweaked a nytimes.com recipe. The link is above.
3 filets of white fish, skin removed. Cut into strips
4 slices of stale, dry sourdough bread, made into bread crumbs
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons mustard
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons olive oil plus a bit more for oiling the oven rack
salt and pepper, optional
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (This is what I roast veg and potatoes at. I just add in the fish).
Oil the oven rack you are going to put the fish on. Put the rack over a sheet pan.
In a skillet, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir occasionally until brown.
While the bread crumbs are browning, cut the fish filets into strips. Salt and pepper if you wish.
In one bow, put a cup of flour. In another bowl, mix the mustard and eggs together.
Dredge the fish in the flour.
The dredge it in the egg mixture.
Dredge it in the bread crumb mixture. This was still warm in my kitchen, so be careful!
Put is on the oven rack. Continue until all the fish are coated.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the fish is tender.
I have a happy Koda Bear. He will eat that whole plate in the first picture. I swear he is growing!
I am going to be off adventuring for the next couple of weeks. The Bear and I have places to go. I may post on Instagram. I may not.