Oven "fried" Fish

Recipe by Irmgard
READY IN: 30mins




  • Position rack on top shelf in oven.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on top.
  • Lightly spray or brush rack with vegetable oil.
  • Pat fish dry with paper towels.
  • Slice fillets in half lengthwise to form long pieces.
  • In a pie plate or wide shallow dish, whisk egg white with buttermilk.
  • In another dish, stir flour with bread crumbs, paprika, cayenne and salt.
  • Working with 1 piece of fish at a time, lightly coat with flour mixture.
  • Shake off excess flour, then dip into buttermilk mixture.
  • Turn to evenly coat.
  • Shake off excess liquid.
  • Coat fish in flour mixture again.
  • Shake off excess coating, then place on rack.
  • Repeat with remaining fish, 1 piece at a time.
  • Discard any remaining buttermilk or flour mixtures.
  • Lightly spray fish with oil or, using a brush, lightly dab about 1 tbsp oil as evenly as possible over coating.
  • Do not skip this step -- it is essential for crispy fish.
  • Bake on top rack of preheated oven until coating is crisp and golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Do not turn.