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 User ID: 5181702 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 User ID: 1675407 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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