Pesto Panko Crusted Fish
August 22, 2014 3 Comments
Mix up your dinner routine with this easy recipe for Baked Breaded Fish with Pesto and crunchy Panko Crust. A delicious healthy dinner ready in just 30 minutes. Make these panko crusted fish fillets with cod, tilapia or halibut.
One of my best friends used to drink so much Coca-Cola a few years ago that her mom said she had coke running through her veins. Well, I think I have pesto running through mine and this recipe for Pesto Panko Crusted Fish proves is again.
There’s something magical about fresh basil leaves mixed with garlic, parmesan and olive oil and there are so many more uses for it than just tossing it with pasta. It does not only take this baked breaded fish recipe to the next level, but generally elevates any recipe into deliciousness.
You can toss pesto with veggies (try these lemon and pesto zucchini or these pesto green beans), spread it over meat like or my favorite: mix it with cheese, like cream cheese (see my chicken rollatini stuffed with pesto and philadelphia) or ricotta (Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Ricotta, Pesto and Grilled Haloumi). And it makes a great salad dressing (recipe coming next week!).
Making your own pesto is so easy and, honestly, it makes a world of difference when it comes to taste. Even if I only use pesto as a cooking ingredient, like in this panko crusted fish recipe, I don’t buy store-bought pesto anymore because I think it’s really bland compared to the homemade stuff.
All you need is a big bunch of fresh basil, a garlic clove, a little bit of Parmesan cheese and some olive oil. The traditional pesto recipe also includes pine nuts but I don’t always add some (and I didn’t for this recipe for Panko Crusted Fish).
For this Pesto Panko Crusted Fish, besides its amazing flavor, we’re also using pesto as a sticking mixture to coat the fish fillets with panko. No eggs needed!
Panko, if you’re not familiar with it, are Japanese style breadcrumbs. The bread flakes are big and it makes for a very crispy coating. To ensure the fish is even crispier, I toasted the panko beforehand and I just love how this baked breaded fish recipe turned out.
If you’re not really into an intense fish flavor, this Panko Crusted Fish recipe is for you. Solal hates anything too ‘fishy’ and he loved it. I think baked breaded fish recipes like this one are great for kids too.
Or maybe you just want to mix up your dinner routine with some new, easy recipes – this Panko Crusted Fish will not disappoint you. You can make this baked breaded fish recipe with your favourite white fish, like cod, tilapia or halibut.
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Pesto Panko Crusted Fish
Mix up your dinner routine with this easy recipe for Baked Breaded Fish with Pesto and crunchy Panko Crust. A delicious healthy dinner ready in just 30 minutes. Make these oven-baked fish fillets with your favourite white fish, like cod, tilapia or halibut.
- 1 1/4 cup panko japanese style bread crumbs
- 1.5 to 2 lbs white fish fillets 600- 900 g, like halibut or tilapia
- olive oil spray
For the pesto
- 1 large fresh basil bunch
- 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
For the panko crust:
Preheat oven to 425F/220C.
Spread panko in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and toast for 5 minutes or until panko is golden brown. Place in a wide shallow bowl and set aside. Line the same baking sheet with parchment paper.
For the pesto:
Pulse together basil, garlic, parmesan, olive oil and salt in a food processor. Scrape the edges of the bowl with a rubber spatula if needed and pulse again until smooth.
Spread pesto generously on each side of the fillets, then dip into panko, pressing to adhere. Place on prepared baking sheet.
Spray lightly with olive oil then bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish is cooked through.
I served this fish with panzanella salad