Photo by: Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

Pan-Fried Bass

This crisp, crunchy fish has just a fraction of the fat - and none of the mess - of deep-fat frying. Serve with tartar sauce, white-and-wild rice, and steamed broccoli.

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 1 lemon wedge)


  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 none large egg white
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 4 none (6-ounce) bass fillets, skinned
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 4 none lemon wedges


Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a large zip-top plastic bag. Combine water and egg white in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Combine breadcrumbs and cornmeal in another shallow dish, stirring with a whisk.

Working with 1 fillet at a time, place fish in bag; seal and shake to coat. Dip in egg white mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining fillets, flour mixture, egg white mixture, and breadcrumb mixture.

Add vegetable oil and butter to pan; cook until butter melts. Add fillets to pan, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 250none
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 7.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Protein: 32.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 10.9g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Cholesterol: 139mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 485mg
  • Calcium: 37mg

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