Pan “Fried” Ocean Perch

It’s MAY 16, snowing like mad, and all of 33 degrees! We thought it was Spring last week, but we were mistaken!  The crabapple tree in the background is just starting to blossom.

This is why we don’t plant flowers, nor have pots of flowers on the deck, etc. until after Memorial weekend; although, new shrubs and bushes are supposed to be planted today.  We’ll see…

As for the ocean perch:  it’s also known as “redfish,” “rockfish,” or “redbream,” with its red skin and white flesh, and a hint of the saltwater it resides in. 

It’s closely related to haddock and is found in the North Atlantic Ocean near North America and Europe.  It’s small and has a somewhat delicate texture; usually not firm enough to grill.

I pan-fried the perch with a light breading in a small amount of oil, about 4 minutes per side. It cooked into a crispy golden hue that gave a crunch with every delicious bite!  It was mouthwatering good, easy and quick ~ it hit the spot!

Pan-fried Ocean Perch


1 pound ocean perch fillets

¼ cup each flour and cornmeal

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon basil

½ teaspoon seasoned pepper

2-3 tablespoons canola oil


Combine flour and cornmeal.

Blend in next 4 ingredients.

Dredge fish in flour mixture.

Heat enough oil to coat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Cook fish about 4 minutes each side, until it is cooked through and flakes easily.




  1. Weather this spring is crazy. It can be 90 degrees one day and 65 the next. But snow in May is going to far...LOL. We don't have perch here and I prepare filet of sole this way. Quick to fix and so delicious.

  2. What a great way to prepare fish. And about that is getting closer to winter you know. You might have a very short growing season. It's just not nice.

  3. Every bite does look delicious Pam..
    Oy that snow though.. tredpidations here..planted so much ..

  4. This perch sounds just perfect! Our temps were 30 degrees colder yesterday than on Wednesday! We have a chilly morning today, too. My husband calls this "blackberry winter."

  5. Pam, Love the snow! It was even cool to cold here last the mid-40's and tonight its supposed to bottom out in the low 40's. Strange spring indeed! Those ocean perch look great. Thanks for the recipe and instructions. We aren't very confident when it comes to cooking fish... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. I actually thought about you as I went to the grocery store this morning in, yet another, driving rain. The news said it was snowing north and west of the city!! When will this end????? Your perch looks like a good antidote to the weather. Have a great weekend with no inclement weather.


  7. oh no so sorry about the snow and this looks delicious

  8. Looks so nice and crispy. Sorry to hear about your weather. A couple of days ago it was 80 and all of a sudden we have several nights dropping down into the high thirties. No fair! What happened to spring...

  9. That is just crazy that it is snowing on May 16! We do not plant anything until after Memorial Day here, either. Sure hope your snow does not last long and it does not affect the fruit tree blossoms!

  10. Pan fried white fish is just hard to beat.

  11. Oh dear me.....Snow? Winter has been LONG there! I like my fish crisp and this piece looks Perfect!!! I'm now hungry for fish...
    Enjoy the weekend

  12. I brought all of my flats of newly purchased plants inside last night but we didn't have any precipitation or snow, thankfully! Hopefully, we'll be ready to plant soon, fingers crossed.

    Love the sound of the breading and the fish looks delicious!

  13. Hi Pam,
    Sometimes I wish we have snow over here!
    That is a delicious looking perch!
    Thanks for sharing!
    And keep warm!

  14. Your snow, goes with my Christmas
    music. Oh my gosh. It's too early/late for both.

    Happy Eating.


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