Southwestern Fried Perch Recipe
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Southwestern Fried Perch Recipe

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This is one of my favorite ways to prepare perch. Taco seasoning and cornmeal make the coating zesty and unique.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 pound lake perch fillets
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

Nutritional Facts

3 piece: 326 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 155mg cholesterol, 705mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Place taco seasoning in a large resealable bag; add perch fillets, one at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. Place the egg in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl,combine cornmeal and flour. Dip fillets in egg, then coat with cornmeal mixture. Place in a single layer on a plate; refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry fillets for 2-3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Fried Perch in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p61

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 85553
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"Delicious! I made this for a family dinner. I love lake perch cooked this way!"

Twofeet User ID: 6380341 155025
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"Awesome Recipe! Made this with the Grilled Prosciutto Asparagus for my family and it turned out to be a hit! The only thing was I doubled the recipe and would have needed an additional pkg of Taco seasoning(total of 3) since the fish soaks up alot when shaking in bag, otherwise will give this one 5 Stars!!!"

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