Fisherman's Crispy Coating Recipe
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Fisherman's Crispy Coating Recipe

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My father, Garfield Freih, is an avid fisherman and frequently acts as the chef on fishing trips he takes with his buddies. To please that group - and to get us kids to eat fish at home - he created this pleasantly mild crispy coating. -Tammi Freih, Lakewood, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal, crushed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 walleye or other whitefish fillets (1-3/4 to 2 pounds)
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the cereal, flour, cornmeal and seasonings. Dip the fish fillets into egg mixture, then coat with cereal mixture.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 in. of oil over medium-high heat. Fry the fillets for 5-7 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Fisherman's Crispy Coating in Taste of Home February/March 2002, p27

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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az_jill 241673
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"I really enjoyed this coating on my trout last night. I usually don't fry things but must have done something right as it didn't come out a bit greasy. Made it gluten free by using brown rice flour (along with brown rice krispies). I will definitely make this again and may try a baked version soon. Thanks bunches Tammi!"

JillAndLea 35660
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"A simple, good coating for any fish. Easy to tailor to individual tastes (I added cayenne pepper instead of lemon-pepper)."

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