My husband and I spent another day fishing the lagoon with our kayaks. We got there extremely early in the morning this time, where the air was so calm – it was easier to get around where we wanted to be. And it was the perfect time that all the bait fish were jumping – we knew there were bigger fish to be caught. Sure enough, not too long into our couple hour adventure, my husband caught a beautiful Red just under the slot limit.
That monster fish screamed dinner in my ears. And after hearing lately about the pre-cut fish and pre-peeled shrimp slave labor and human trafficking ordeal with our fish trade, I was distraught. Not that I would ever buy frozen seafood from the grocery, but I couldn’t bear to know that’s the world we live in. If you haven’t read about it – please do. So if you’re going to seafood, get it fresh from a fish market (not frozen), and peel your own shrimp for God’s sake.
With that, I definitely can’t feel as bad eating the fish we catch with our bare hands. And besides, more fun, too. It feels almost primal, in a sense, and I love it. And in the bigger scheme of things – it was basically a free fish. So here again, I’m honoring this Red by creating a very simple, yet tasty and healthy meal. You can really use any white fish with this recipe, but if you can get your hands on Red Fish I highly recommend it. Feast your eyes on this decadent baked Parmesan crusted Red Fish, ya’ll.
Baked Parmesan Crusted Red Fish
Servings: 2 Prep Time: 5mins Cook Time: 22mins Difficulty: easy
2 filets of Red Fish (or any desired white fish)
1 minced garlic clove
1/3 cup bread crumbs or panko crumbs
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper for taste
Fresh or ground parsley for taste
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a flat baking sheet with foil for the fish. Lightly season the filets with salt and pepper using your hands.
- Crack the egg into a small bowl, then add the minced garlic and fresh parsley. Whisk until blended. Using a marinade brush, apply the egg wash mixture to the each filet. You may not use all of it, but apply it generously.
- Sprinkle the bread crumbs or panko crumbs evenly over the filets, then do the same with the Parmesan cheese.
- Place filets into the oven and allow to cook for 22 minutes. If your filets are more than 1 inch in thickness, they need more cook time. The general rule of thumb is about 20 mins for every inch of thickness.
- Squeeze half a lemon over top once removed from the oven, and serve immediately.