Tips and Recipe Ideas for Frying Fish

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
Tips and Recipe Ideas for Frying Fish

Frying is one of the most popular and delicious ways to prepare fish, and although we know that it is not the healthiest option, it is always good if you want to have a bit of variety and to add flavor.

However, to make sure your fried fish is still really delicious and crunchy, there are some recommendations you can follow that will help you get the maximum flavor and health benefits from your meal. Read one for OneHowTo's best tips and techniques on how to fry fish correctly.

Steps to follow:

First of all, when frying fish it is a good idea to take into account the kind of fish that we should choose. Fish that are very rich in fatty oils such as salmon, tuna or sardines, tend not to work very well fried, since the result is a dish that will feel too oily on your palate, although this is of course a matter of taste.


Normally, the best fish for frying include hake, halibut, cod, squid, sole or sea bass. These alternatives are ideal due to their consistency and as they are lean fish, which when combined with oil work very well.

Tips and Recipe Ideas for Frying Fish - Step 2

Once you've chosen the fish you want to fry, make sure to dry it thoroughly before frying, because it is important that the ingredients we use to cover the fish are properly absorbed, blending with the taste of the food.


To fry fish you can use the batter or breadcrumbs method, either will work very well. Don't know how to do it? Then we will explain in detail:

  • Batter: for this you will need to beat an egg in a bowl, and in a separate bowl have flour seasoned with salt, pepper or whatever spices you want. Put the fish into the egg and then into the flour mixture until it is fully covered. Then it is ready to fry.
  • Breading: the same procedure, but instead of flour use breadcrumbs. Some people prefer to add flour into their breadcrumbs too, if you want to do this, you should soak the fish in the egg, then in the flour, and then in the breadcrumbs. If you choose to use breadcrumbs it is recommended to leave the fish in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before cooking it, so that the breadcrumbs will stick better and the end result will be much more delicious.
Tips and Recipe Ideas for Frying Fish - Step 4

We recommend pan-frying the fish in a preheated frying pan with olive oil (or whatever you prefer). Always do it over a medium heat, because if the heat is too high you run the risk of burning the breadcrumbs or batter and the fish won't be fully cooked.

Once the fish is browned on both sides, carefully remove from the oil and place on some kitchen roll on a plate or platter to absorb the oil and keep it much drier and delicious. All done! In a few simple steps, you can enjoy some delicious fried fish.

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