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Perch Fillets

Guests will never guess that lemon-lime soda and pancake mix are the secret ingredients behind these tasty perch fillets in a golden coating. "If perch isn't available, try substituting haddock," suggests Connie Tibbetts from her kitchen in Wilton, Maine.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1 pound perch fillets
  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for frying


  • Pour soda into a shallow bowl; add fish fillets and let stand for 15 minutes. In another shallow bowl, combine pancake mix and pepper. Remove fish from soda and coat with pancake mix.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1/4 in. of oil over medium-high heat. Fry fish for 2-3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with a fork. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 438 calories, 13g fat (1g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 814mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • barnkitty
    Jun 17, 2017

    I had some ginger ale I wanted to use up, so used that in place of lemon-lime soda (which I have used before). It was great! Even using over 1.5lbs of white lake perch, I still had a good 1/2C of the pancake mix left over, so will probably scale that back a little next time. Also added a little seasoned salt to the mix with the pepper. Perfect perch.

  • lizwhitmore
    Feb 5, 2010

    Perch isn't my favorite fish. However this recipe is definitely one I will make again. It was wonderful.