Instead of Frying Fish Recipe
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Instead of Frying Fish Recipe

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This quick recipe is one I discovered 20 years ago in a fund-raiser cookbook. Since my husband is an avid fisherman, I've put it to good use over the years. The crispy potato chip coating bakes up toasty brown, and the fillets stay nice and moist. —Sharon Funfsinn, Mendota, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound walleye, perch or pike fillets
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup crushed potato chips
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 270 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Cut fish into serving-size pieces. Place milk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the potato chips, Parmesan cheese and thyme. Dip fish in milk, then roll in potato chip mixture.
  2. Sprinkle a greased 9-in. square baking pan with bread crumbs. Place fish over crumbs; drizzle with butter. Bake, uncovered, at 500° for 12-14 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Instead of Frying Fish in Taste of Home April/May 1997, p37

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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mauveheart44 User ID: 172841 247884
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"Great fish coating. I don't like all the grease and salt from potato chips so I do half potato chips and half crushed corn flakes and my family loves it."

krindfleisch User ID: 1643865 19190
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"Very good. Great tip from bhall to put the fish on top of the bread crumbs and pat the potato chip mixture on."

kdsmommy User ID: 6518998 39913
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"Really good! Barely had enough breading, think i'll double the breading ingredients next time. I used cod but otherwise followed the recipe to a T. Husband loved it :)"

Witchmark User ID: 3585672 15735
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"This is very good as is, but next time I will drizzle a little fresh lemon over the top when I serve it. I really like lemon on fish."

bhall User ID: 3504318 46002
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"We catch our own fish (Walleye & Perch) The trick is dip in milk,put it on top of the bread crumbs & then put crushed potato chip mixture & drizzled butter on it It comes out perfect every time. Family & friends love it!"

scrapo User ID: 2908723 44882
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"Thought it was great!"

Francisca3032 User ID: 6052254 39243
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"the potato chip mixture did not stick well to the fish and so the flavor did not coat the fish like it should have and so tasted like cooked catfish."

aquarius6222 User ID: 4542658 18723
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"very tasty and easy"

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