This recipe came about as the result of a near disaster. In the half-crazed, manic state I was in while preparing for Boy #4’s departure for college, I removed a vacuum sealed package of fillet of sole from my freezer, instead of the chicken I had wanted to prepare for his last meal at home. Fish. Great! What the heck was I going to do with fish? When I bought it, I had envisioned stuffing it with crab or some other deliciousness but I had nothing like that on hand and a trip to the store was NOT in order.
That’s when I went Googling for fish recipes and my, oh my, did I find something wonderful. My dear friend, Martha Stewart (yeah, we’re not friends) has a great recipe for baked fish sticks using tilapia. I decided to mix things up a bit and use my fillet of sole and throw in my own creamy dill dipping sauce. And, that my friends, is how great things happen. And, that’s the end of this story. But, really, try the fish.
So, why don’t we get to work?
If you are a seafood lover you should have a cannister of Old Bay in your spice collection. It is a wonderful blend of spices and it just absolutely belongs in dishes like this.
Grab three shallow dishes. Pie plates work perfectly. Place the flour in one of them.
In the last of the three dishes, mix together the plain panko bread crumbs, Old Bay Seasoning, garlic powder, dried parsley, just a touch of sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. Toss this mixture together with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.
Here is the sneaky fillet of sole that was masquerading as chicken in my freezer. I cut some of the larger pieces in half. Tilapia would also be a great choice. Just make sure you are using boneless fillets.
Start the breading process by dredging a piece of fish in the flour.
Transfer the flour coated fish to a piece of foil and repeat with remaining fish. You will dredge all of the fish in flour first before completing the rest of the breading process. I have found it to be a much tidier process to get this step out of the way.