Panko is the secret ingredient that makes these crispy, oven-fried fish fillets a family favorite. The lemon-dill sauce is the perfect compliment and great for dipping. For sustainability reasons, be sure to choose Alaskan cod, or substitute halibut or even tilapia.
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
4 (6-ounce) skinless cod fillets
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise (such as Hellmann's)
2 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickle
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
How to Make It
Preheat broiler to high.
Place egg whites in a shallow dish. Combine panko, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder in a shallow dish. Sprinkle fish evenly with pepper and salt. Dip each fillet in egg white, then dredge in panko mixture; place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
Combine mayonnaise, pickle, lemon juice, and dill. Serve with fish and lemon wedges.
Wine note: This dish requires a wine with acidity to cut through the breading and also to act like a final spritz of lemon. Waterbrook 2008 Pinot Gris from Washington state's Columbia Valley ($12) does all that with a touch of fruit. —Sara Schneider