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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chef Bruce Tretter's "Quick & Easy Cooking Tips": Pan Fried Fish Fillets

Conversations' resident chef Bruce Tretter is pleased to share one of his "Quick and Easy Cooking Tips" for readers of

Pan Fried Fish Fillets


Ingredients (for 4)

1 ½ Pounds Fresh Fish Fillets



Garlic Salt

Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Oil


10 – 12 Inch Frying Pan



Plastic Bag


1.         Put the frying pan on the stove and warm it over MEDIUM heat.

2.         While the pan warms, add to a plastic bag1 tablespoon flour, a good dash of paprika, ½ tablespoon garlic salt and ¼ tablespoon ground black pepper.  Give the dry ingredients a quick shake in the bag to mix them together.  Then add the fish fillets, close the bag top snuggly and give the bag a shake so that all the fish pieces are evenly coated.

3.         Check the frying pan for the proper cooking temperature by wetting your fingers with tap water and flicking the water into the pan.  The water should sizzle and quickly evaporate.  Then add a good shot cooking oil and give the pan a quick swirl by rolling your wrists to coat the pan bottom generously.

4.         Add the fish fillets making sure the pieces don't overlap each other and cook for about 3-5 minutes until the edges of the fish start to turn opaque and bottoms get browned.  Then turn the fish over with a spatula and cook for another 3-5 minutes until the bottoms are again browned and the inside of the fish is opaque throughout. If your fish is still translucent inside, keep cooking until it is completely opaque.

5.         When the fish is cooked through, scoop it out of the pan with a spatula and serve warm.

To see this recipe demonstrated in a short video, go to Click the "Lunch" tab (soon to be "Lunch/Dinner" tab) on the left side of the homepage under "Menu". Click "Seafood", then click "Pan Fried Fish Fillets". For easy to follow step-by-step picture book directions, go to Click "Free Downloads" at the bottom of the homepage.  Then click the "Pan Fried Fish Fillets" picture under the "Seafood" tab. And, of course, please keep listening to more "Quick & Easy Cooking" on Conversations Live with Cyrus Webb (