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Fish Filets Recipe

Fish Filets Recipe

Instead of being deep-fried, these flaky, golden fish filets are coated with crackers and panfried in a small amount of canola oil. Serve them plain or create a fish sandwich with a hamburger bun, a slice of Cheddar cheese, lettuce, and a small dollop of homemade tartar sauce (see recipe for Fast and Light Tartar Sauce)!


  • 3/4 pound white fish (such as grouper or cod)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup crumbs from wheat crackers (such as
  • Wheatsworth), preferably low-sodium and low-fat, ground in a food processor or crushed with a rolling pin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Cut the filets into 4 squares, each about 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches, rinse them, and dry well.
  2. In a small bowl, add the flour. Pour the buttermilk in another small bowl. Combine the wheat cracker crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and fresh parsley in a medium, shallow bowl and blend well with a whisk.
  3. Dip each fish square into the flour, then the buttermilk, then the cracker crumb mixture. Set the pieces aside and heat a medium nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of canola oil in the frying pan, then place in all 4 fish squares. Fry the fish until the bottoms are golden brown (about 4 minutes), then flip over the fish to brown the other side (about 3 minutes more). If you're making sandwiches, turn off the heat, lay the cheese slices over the hot fish squares, and cover the pan for a minute to melt the cheese.