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How to Bake Crispy Perch

How to Bake Crispy Perch
A fresh fish fillet. Photo Credit: tycoon751/iStock/Getty Images

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.

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Submerge each perch fillet in the butter and lemon juice mixture and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Remove the perch fillets from the oven and allow them to cool for five minutes before serving.

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