Cornmeal-crusted Fish with Tartar Sauce

"I come from the South. We ate a lot of catfish, hush puppies, coleslaw, and Tabasco sauce," says the author of Exotic Herbs, Carole Saville, who now resides in Northern California. "The fish wasn't farmed; it was from local waters. Today catfish tastes like the meal they feed it. I like orange roughy, cod, salmon, and halibut these days."

Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 233
  • Calories from fat: 33%
  • Protein: 20g
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 321mg
  • Cholesterol: 38mg


  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • About 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat milk or water
  • 1 pound skinned, boned fish fillets (such as catfish, orange roughy, or rockfish), about 1/2 inch thick
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1/4 cup nonfat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Hot sauce


  1. 1. Place a 10- by 15-inch nonstick pan in a 500° oven until pan is hot, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, on a plate mix cornmeal, paprika, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. 3. In a shallow bowl, beat egg white and milk to blend.
  4. 4. Rinse fish fillets, pat dry, and cut into serving-size pieces.
  5. 5. Coat fish with egg white mixture, then cornmeal mixture. Set aside in a single layer.
  6. 6. When pan is hot, mist lightly with cooking oil spray. Quickly arrange fish pieces well apart in pan. Bake until fish is browned on bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn over and continue baking until fish is golden on top and opaque but still moist-looking in thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  7. 7. Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise, pickle relish, onion, and vinegar to make tartar sauce.
  8. 8. With a wide spatula, transfer fish to plates; add salt to taste. Serve with tartar sauce and hot sauce.
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