Cornmeal-Crusted Lake Perch


Bill Jr., (Bubba here) just returned from vacationing in the United Kingdom and had more than one meal of fish and chips in England.  

In his words, the fish was the best, "Awesome! Crunchy, tender and tasty."  The Brits choice of fish is cod and haddock, with him liking haddock more.

I'd be the first to order fish and chips at a pub anywhere, but we all know that at home it can turn into a "grease-feast!"


 
That is, unless it's made in an air fryer! 

Fish in the air fryer turns out crisp with no oil or just a teaspoon or two of it. It's juicy and flaky and cooks in a short amount of time. If you like fish with a crispy coating and not deep-fried in fat, this is your way to go ~  and there’s minimal clean-up.




Dip perch in egg wash, dredge in seasoned cornmeal, drop in the air fryer, and cook. How easy is that!

Fish is hands down a favorite meal here to cook via the air fryer.


Air Fried Cornmeal-crusted Lake Perch 
Printable recipe

Ingredients: 
4 perch fillets 
1 egg 
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
½ cup cornmeal 
2 teaspoons vegetable oil 
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 
½ teaspoon each, salt and seasoned pepper

Method: 
Whisk together egg and mustard in a shallow dish; dip fish into mixture, covering well. 
In a resealable plastic bag, combine cornmeal, oil and seasonings. 
Place fish in bag and coat well. 
Preheat air fryer to 390°. 
Gently lay fish in the basket. 
Cook for about 15 minutes, according to thickness of fish, until nice and crispy, flipping once half way through. 
Serve with tartar sauce.


Enjoy!



32 comments:

  1. Your fish fillets look great, in their raw state, coated with cornmeal, and in final state. My favorite kind of fish is polluck; it's both cheap and tasty (it's what they sell at Mc.Donalds eateries in a bun). The air fryer sounds a must have to me.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! I don't think I've ever had polluck, but I'd like to try it. Have a wonderful week!

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  2. Pam... Another recommendation for an air fryer! I've been resisting the purchase of another appliance that we'll only use occasionally and don't have any place to store...but I know that its a losing effort on my part. As for your fried perch, they look terrific. It's been a long time since I've had them...much more common in the upper mid-west. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! I really like the AF, and I know what you mean about space. The perch was great and there seems to be plenty of it around here. Take care

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  3. As much as I liked the fish & chips over there I'd still rather have your fried lake perch any day!

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    1. Hi Bubba! Well, that's nice of you! The perch was good but I know the fish and chips were really good! :)

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  4. Fuss free and so crunchy! Would make a fantastic meal with some seasonal salad.

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    1. Hi Angie! Yes, fish and salad works for me. Thanks for the visit!

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  5. Your descriptions of cooking in the air fryer really captured my attention. I've been reading on amazon.com about other experiences -- the appliances that are better made sound pretty effective, just as you say.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! It's definitely a different way of cooking.

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  6. This looks lovely - I like the touch of chilli and mustard. I like crispy crumbed fish but the grease is a turn off - yay for the air fryer.

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    1. Right on, Cakelaw! No grease here hopefully! :)

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  7. How cool Pam - I've never even looked into an air fryer - but you may have pushed me that way! LOVE fish and my husband will always order fish and chips if he can get it. Thanks! Happy 4th of July!

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! It's a small appliance that I actually like! Happy 4th!

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  8. Whether in an air fryer or the oven, this looks delicious! We love lake perch.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! We like perch a lot and it's easy to find here. Take care

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  9. I haven't tried with crusted cornmeal kind of thing. It looks really good too.
    Enjoy your day, Pam.
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. Thanks, Kristy! I agree with the cornmeal, love its taste and texture. Take care and have a good week!

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  10. I would love to have this air fryer and try this fish, looks amazing☺

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    1. Thanks, natalia! It's so easy to use and clean-up is easy too!

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  11. Now THIS is a valid reason to get an air fryer! What fabulous fish without the mess and calories of deep frying! Happy 4th, Pam!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! The perch was great! Happy 4th!

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  12. Love fish 'n chips! But you're right -- it be a greasy mess making it. Really need to look into an air fryer. Anyway, terrific recipe -- thanks. And Happy 4th!

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    1. Thanks, John! Yes, the greasy clean-up is no fun after frying fish. Happy 4th to you!

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  13. Fish crusted with cornmeal is hard to beat. I don't recall eating it another way until into adulthood.

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    1. Same here, Larry! Always ate cornmeal-crusted fish growing up, then many years later learned of ways others enjoy it. Thanks!

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  14. Looks so delicious! I cannot even remember when was the last time I had fish and chips!

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  15. Thanks, Joyce! Fish and chips rule! Take care

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  16. These look extra crispy, Pam. I think you could win any fish 'n chips contest!

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  17. I grew up in Texas where fresh catfish was always fried with a cornmeal crust. I know I would enjoy your perch.

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  18. I love fish and chips and now I need an air fryer. Yikes, another kitchen appliance.

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  19. looks like a simple cook and a simple clean up. I need a AF....

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