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How To Make Fried Fish in The Oven

Updated on April 14, 2013

Good ol' Fish & Chips!


After living in England for many years, it’s been hard to get that classic taste of fish and chips out of my head. The light, flaky crust surrounding perfectly tender fresh fish; there is nothing quite like the original. There’s also nothing quite like the fat packed in that one dish! Yes, it’s been hard to get the greasy, newspaper-wrapped fillets off my mind, mostly because they won’t come off my hips.

Still, knowing one of the world’s most perfect meals when I see it, and an even better opportunity to turn a typically unhealthy choice over from the dark-side, I set out to get as close as possible to the tried-and-true London original. Well, tried to get as close as I could, far from it though, but much better for your health, and as far from the calories as I could throw one of those fancy hats.

Before we start, its important that you use a white fish for this recipe, as they are lighter and cook better for the temperature and time I’ve given. Also, I prefer to make my own bread crumbs, so I can choose a low-carb, low-calorie bread, and more importantly, avoid unnecessary sodium.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Approx. 6 people

Ingredients:

4 good size fillet of whiting

One lemon

2 tbsp of white vinegar

1 cup bread crumb

1/2 a tsp of garlic powder

1/2 a tsp of cumin (optional)

1/2 tsp of tarragon

(You can use any herb that goes with fish)

Dash of Lemon Pepper to taste

2 tbsp of olive oil

Method:

Take the fish fillets and cut then in to rectangles, or cubes. The best way to do it is to cut the fish in the middle lengthwise, then cut them across. Don't make them too small. They should be about inch and a half long. Put them in a shallow bowl, add all the vinegar, and squeeze all the juice from the lemon into the bowl. Mix the fish gentle into the liquid, cover and refrigerate for at least half an hour.

This marinating technique, I might add, is useful before preparing any fish dish as it incorporates some serious flavor.

Cover a cookie sheet, or a pizza pan with foil. Pour all the olive oil on to the pan and spread it all over. Heat the oven to 375 F.

Put the bread crumb in a dish. Mix all the dry ingredients to it, and stir well. Take the fish out from the marinade. Using a tong, fork, or your hand (whatever floats your boat), pick up each piece of fish and roll it in the bread crumb mixture until its fully covered and then place them on the sheet. Make sure there is only a single layer of fish, no stacking or layering. They don’t need a whole lot of space between, but be reasonable. If you’re out of room, just oil up another pan.

Tray goes in the oven, and let it bake for 10 minutes. Take it out, gently turn them, and stick it back into the oven. Let it cook for another 10 to 15 minutes. To test, take a fork and tear a piece, it should be white and fluffy. If you have a thermometer, all fish is done at 120 degrees F. Let the fish cool once they’re out, and garnish with some lemon and coriander.

This is a great lunch, and kids will enjoy the bite sized nuggets and dip-ability, not to mention the delicious flavor. You can even make a dinner out of it! Serve with a green salad, “homemade oven fries” (coming soon!) and tartar sauce. This recipe is an easy way to play with sophisticated spices in a lovable finger food! Enjoy!

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    • LaThing profile image
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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Theresa! Great to see you here. Hope you give it a try. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by :)

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Looks and sounds great. Less calories and more flavor is always a good thing. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, tirelesstraveler..... Hope you enjoy this. Very simple yet delicious and healthy :)

      Thanks for stopping by. See you around!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Yummy! Am working on the grocery list today.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, Au Fait! This is a very easy recipe and a favorite around my house. Hope you do try it out... Thanks for stopping by, and appreciate your comment. Take care.... :)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds very interesting, especially since it's an authentic original recipe that will save on calories. Seems easier to me too, since I won't have to stand over a frying pan. Appreciate your sharing this recipe. Voted up and will share with my followers.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Carol! Hope you try it out, and like it :) Thanks for stopping by. See you around.....

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Mama Kim, you were lucky! I got burned on my arms by a pressure cooker, and I haven't used it since then! I know where you are coming from. I prefer baking rather than frying any day :) hope you enjoy this. This is a hit in our house :)

      Thanks for your comment and everything!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Looks delicious. You get the fried and yet finished in the oven. Worthy of a try. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      This is fantastic! I just love recipes that create the fried effect... in an oven! I'm terrified of frying ever since getting very badly burned on my lower eyelid... I just think what if it was half a centimeter higher... Well I haven't fried in more than 1/4 centimeter of oil ever since. I'm going to save this recipe and use it often, thank you! Voting and sharing!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for stopping by..... Appreciate your comment, and your support.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      I missed this one! Love seafood, which is good for the brain. Thanks for taking your time and showing us how to cook them from scratch! Delicious!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, this works with frozen fishes too..... Hope you do find some!

      Thanks for the comment and your visit :)

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      My mouth is watering. The problem is I can't get very good fish.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      @festersporling1, sorry for the late reply!! I don't know who I missed it! Anyway, thanks for the visit, and your comment. See you around :)

      @barbsbitsnpieces, :) hope you enjoy it! We make it quite often, goes great with the kids.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @LaThing...Licking my lips, and ready to cook, er bake; well, going to try this soon!

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      Daniel Christian 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Ah, ok. I saw you commented on my baked fish article earluer. Nice checking out your fried fish recipe. Looks great. Will have to try it.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks PegCole, I hope you like it. I actually make it quite often and my family hasn't become bored with it yet! lol

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Definitely will have to try out this recipe. I love baked recipes that replace the fried food and all that grease. And your instructions for preparing and baking this are easy to follow. That last picture has made me very hungry!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      @WD Curry, lol.... Thanks for the correction. Goes to show how much I know about fish, or fishing! The only place I go fishing is at my grocery store!

      Now I have to try my own recipe with the other fishes that you mentioned :)

      Thanks for the tip, and hope you catch something!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      As a writer for Coastal Angler Magazine, I have to vouch for the technique and your recipe looks so good. I have to laugh when you specify whiting. There are many fish that are called whiting commercially. The point is . . . it works best with a light fish like cod, haddock, catfish, grouper, pollack, snook, bass, or whatever. Some oilier fish like mahi mahi and cobia stay super moist.

      Now, I am going fishing!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      My husband and I went fishing yesterday and I have fish ready to go. I had to give this another read. Going to try it tonight. I love fish but hate the grease from frying. This sounds wonderful! I am going to share this AGAIN! :)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thank you all for reading my hub. Really, really appreciate it! @J.S Matthew, ComfortB, LL Woodard thanks for sharing and your vote.

      LL woodard, kids will love it, my 5 year old thinks it's chicken, lol.

      Marie-Renee - thanks for tweeting!

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      Renee 5 years ago

      I don't usually bake fish, it's usually fried or steamed at home. This looks really yummy and easy to do so will try it out. Voted up and tweeted.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I think I might even get the grandchildren to eat fish this way because they resemble the processed fish cakes they are so fond of, but made with fresh ingredients instead.

      Voted up and SHARED,

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      We have a lot of catfish pond around here in Georgia. Frying them are my favorite thing to do. They are delicious!

      Thanks for sharing. Voted Up!

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! This is interesting. Never thought of an oven fried fish made at home.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I have seen similar recipes but this one is unique! I liked the baked/fried effect and your spices are original. You did a great job with the format and use of photos! Well done! Voted up and SHARING!

      JSMatthew~

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your new improved fish recipe. Your oven fried fish is indeed a healthier idea!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      @ sgbrown, thanks for the vote up! Hope you like it.....

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      Rastamermaid 5 years ago from Universe

      Looks yummy,can't wait to try!

      Thanx for sharing!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This looks like a marvelous recipe. I love fish, especially "fried". But of course it is not very healthy. I am definately going to try this! Thank you for SHARING this recipe. Voted up and useful. Have a great day! :)

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Lookss delicious!

      Liked the descriptions and photographs

      THanks for SHARING:)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thank you robotmonster.. You should try making it, it's pretty easy.

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      robotmonster 5 years ago from San Francisco

      It's definitely a compliment because it's hard to find recipes that are healthy and still looks good.

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      C De Melo 5 years ago from Florence, Italy and WORLDWIDE

      Looks DELICIOUS...think I'll try it :)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol.... Sorry, I meant compliment !

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol.... I hope that's a compliant! Thanks

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      GamingCowboy 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This looks freaking good!

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      robotmonster 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I mean your recipe is the healthy one.

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      robotmonster 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Super like! I miss fish and chips from England. Healthy too!