Parmesan Baked Fish Fillets + Tartar Sauce

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is another simple recipe that is perfect for teaching children or other novice cooks their way around the kitchen. It uses a handful of common ingredients and a simple cooking technique to make a meal that can be table ready in 30 minutes. The baked fillets can be served as a dinner entree or placed on buns and spread with tartar sauce to make a really nice fish sandwich. Will this version ever replace its batter-fried coastal cousin? Probably not, but it is a quick and healthy alternative that is also easy to make. We were in a coastal community today and freshly caught Pacific cod was available at our favorite dock-side shanty. I couldn't resist the temptation and came home with a healthy stash of cod and crab for the larder. The cod fillets made wonderful sandwiches when prepared in this manner. While I used cod, any flat filleted fish works well in this recipe. I hope you'll try this. Here are the particulars.

Parmesan Baked Fish Fillets...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

1 cup milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 pounds thawed fresh or frozen fish fillets
3/4 cup fine dry Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
melted butter


1) Preheat oven to 525 degrees F. Grease a baking dish large enough to hold fish fillets in a single layer.
2) Combine milk and salt in a shallow bowl large enough for dipping fish fillets. Combine bread crumbs, paprika, and Parmesan cheese in another bowl.
3) Dip fish fillets into milk mixture then into crumb mixture. Firmly press crumb mixture into fish fillets. Arrange in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle melted butter over fillets. Bake on top shelf of oven for about 12 minutes, or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Yield: 6 servings.

Tartar Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon grated onion
1 tablespoon chopped capers
1-1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
dash ground cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients; stir until well blended. Chill thoroughly.
Serves 6 to 8.

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