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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Panko Crusted Swai Fillets (Fried Fish)

I have been seeing a new fish at the grocery store, called swai   I tried some this weekend and it was really tasty.  It is a firm white fleshed fish, very mild and very tasty.   I can highly recommend it.  Usually, I just lightly flour my fish fillets and then brown quickly in butter.   This time I decided to do something a bit differently.   I beat together 1 egg and about 1/2 cup buttermilk (plain milk would work too) with about a tablespoon of hot sauce and 1/4 tsp. of Mrs. Dash.   I dipped the fish pieces in the egg/milk mixture, then dipped the fish into a plate of panko bread crumbs.   I pressed the crumbs firmly onto the fish.  Meanwhile, I had a 12 inch non-stick skillet with a couple tablespoons of olive oil heating.   When the skillet was nice and hot, I added the breaded fish fillets.   Allow to cook until golden brown, then gently turn over and brown on the other side.   By the time both sides are well browned, the fish should be done and flake easily.   Serve with a wedge of lemon or some tartar sauce.    To vary the taste a bit, add some good quality grated Parmesan cheese to the panko bread crumbs and about 1/2 tsp. Italian herbs to the egg mixture.   Enjoy!