Sunday, May 24, 2009
Crispy Baked Fish Fillets
Since I had a successful crunchy baked chicken strips the other day, I thought why not try it on fish fillets. We loved baked fish and it would be an extra yum if the baked fish is crunchy right? I was out of the cereal that I used before, so I had to make my own coating for my fish. I was trying with the combination of homemade bread crumbs, walnuts and cornflakes. The resulted fish was not as crunchy as my chicken strips, I think I know the reason. I did not use a lot of the cornflakes, also my cornflakes was crushed too finely. The walnuts and bread crumbs did not give out too much crunch, only the cornflakes. So, make sure you don't crush the cornflakes too fine and pat it on a lot. Added nuts just because I wanted to add more nutrition to my girls diet. By the way, both my girls loved this crispy baked fish as both of them asked for more after given two pieces each. I definitely make it again with just cornflakes and walnuts. This coating is healthy as cornflakes came packed with vitamins and minerals, and walnuts is high in omega 3 fatty acids and an antioxidant food which are heart healthy.
Ingredients & Method:
3 Tilapia fillets, cut each into 4 pieces. Other type of fish fillets should work just fine.
Marinate the fish pieces with olive oil, salt and spices of your choice ( I used The Spice Depot JoJo seasoning and Spicy Sea Salt), season generously. Let it marinate in the refrigerator until ready to bake (about 2-3 hours for me).
Preheat the oven to 450'F. While waiting, take out the cereals, bread crumbs (optional) and walnuts. I made my own bread crumbs by toasting the bread (those top and end piece of bread that we won't eat) until hard and then process it fine in the food processor. Finely chopped the walnuts, I added walnut just because it's healthy. Crush the cornflakes in a sandwich bag, not too fine so that you could taste the crunch. Mix all three ingredients in a shallow plate.
Spray the aluminum foil lined baking pan with canola oil spray. Take a piece of the fish and generously coat it with the cereals mixture. Pat it in and put extra coating on top of the fish fillet before baking. The olive oil used in marinating the fish pieces should be enough to make the coating stick.
Bake in preheated oven 450'F for 10 minutes. Serve hot!