I’m looking for another fish dinner for our five-day plan, we can’t eat salmon all the time. So I decided to make perch. I don’t have fresh lake perch, which is the best, but I do have frozen ocean perch and that should do. The way I cook fish is not very healthy, because it’s fried. So, I’m going to make it my way first, then in a couple of days, I’ll find a way to make it a little healthier. Part of the D.I.Y. healthier recipe quest.
Perch Jane’s Way
2 perch fillets (fresh lake perch is best, but frozen ocean will do)
¼ – ½ cup Drakes Crispy Fry Mix
¼ cup Crisco
After the perch is defrosted, I dump some Drakes Fry Mix (I grew up with this stuff and it’s delicious) in a dish, enough to cover the bottom of the dish. Then I lay the fish on top of the mix. Then I dump some drakes on the top of the fish. I pat the mix into the fish and make sure that all of the fillet is covered.
I put about a quarter cup of Crisco in a fry pan and heat it up to medium. (If your pan smokes, it’s
too high) When the oil is hot, I place the fish in the pan. After about three minutes, or until the bottom is golden brown color, I flip the fillet over. I continue to fry it for another three minutes. If you use a thermometer you want the temperature to reach 145 degrees. You can gauge if the fish is done when it flakes easily. I pull the finished fish out of the fry pan and set it on some paper towel on a plate, to soak up some of the grease.
I served mine with Minute rice and broccoli with cheese.