Perch refers to a genus of freshwater fish ranging between 1 and 5 lbs. Perch meat is moist and firm with a rich taste. You can cook perch in a variety of ways, ranging from pan-fried to oven-baked. Baked perch works best with a flavorful, breaded coating. The breading creates a crispy exterior that surrounds the meat, providing an enticing crunch with each bite. You will need approximately 20 minutes to bake crispy perch.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the breadcrumbs, paprika, ground black pepper and salt in a shallow bowl. Stir with a spoon to blend the ingredients. Mix the melted butter and lemon juice in a second shallow bowl.
Submerge each perch fillet in the butter and lemon juice mixture and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture.
Place the breaded fillets into the baking pan and set into the oven. Bake the fillets for 15 minutes or until the breading is crispy and golden brown.
Remove the perch fillets from the oven and allow them to cool for five minutes before serving.
Things You'll Need
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
Two shallow bowls
3 tbsp. melted butter
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Four 4-oz. perch fillets
Refrigerate leftover perch fillets and consume within three days. If you prefer low-sodium meals, omit the salt and use unsalted butter.
ChooseMyPlate.gov recommends eating fish at least twice weekly to help prevent conditions such as heart disease.
To help prevent food-borne illness, do not consume fish until you check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. FoodSafety.gov recommends a temperature of at least 145 degrees F.