Photo: Karry Hosford
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 1/4 cup salsa)

Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs grace the crisp potato crust. An accompanying colorful salsa flavored with capers and herbs gives the dish even more pizzazz for guests.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler.

Step 2

To prepare salsa, cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and coarsely chop. Combine bell pepper, onion, and next 7 ingredients (onion through 1/8 teaspoon salt).

Step 3

Preheat oven to 375º.

Step 4

To prepare fish, combine potato, Parmesan, 2 teaspoons parsley, chives, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle both sides of fillets with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread 1/4 cup potato mixture over 1 side of each fillet; press mixture onto fish. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 fillets, potato side down, to pan. Cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn fish over; place on a plate. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and fish. Return fish to pan, potato side up. Bake at 375º for 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with salsa.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

KathrynNC's Review

July 29, 2013
We enjoyed the flavor of this recipe even though I goofed and chopped up the yellow bell pepper before I remembered it needed to be broiled.

Emz101's Review

May 20, 2013
There was nothing wrong with the recipe but there were some small things that made me give it only 3 stars. First off use your best non stick pan, I used one that was a bit older so the potato crust stuck to it and I had to change pans to a newer one to finnish the batch. As well I made sure to dry the fish very well as well as get as much moisture out of the potato's and although the potato cooked up fine it slid off the fish. The flavor wasn't as powerful as I hoped so I probably won't make it again.

CBellnap's Review

February 05, 2013
Made this last night with fresh Gulf snapper. It was excellent. Used Hungry Jack re-hydrated potatoes and they worked perfectly with MUCH less work than shredding your own.Will definitely make this again and again.

Mouse207's Review

March 08, 2012
I was doubtful about this recipe, but went ahead and made it based on the reviews. I made it just as the recipe calls for and my husband and I thought it was fabulous!

user's Review

June 06, 2010
I wasn't too sure about this recipe, potato and salsa? I too mixed the salsa ingredients before reading that the pepper should have been roasted, it was still great! I used tilapia, and instead of snapper, and since it is such a delicate fish, I broiled one side of the tilapia; flipped it, then put on the potato mixture and broiled the other side until the potato was well browned. Suprisingly the raw salsa was great with the potato topping.

Noogabelle's Review

April 08, 2010
I made this dish without the salsa and it was delicious. My husband really enjoyed it and continues to regularly request it. I think it makes a restaurant quality fish dish that is very light and satisfying. You can also make the potato mixture alone and create delicious hash browns for a quick weeknight side dish.

JJ1916ohio's Review

October 06, 2009
I liked the fish (I used cod) and potato crust. The salsa was also good on it's own. For me I don't really see how the flavors of the two meld together though. My bf liked the salsa with the cod but my cousin and I weren't big fans of mixing the salsa with the fish. Otherwise though good solid recipe.