Oven Fried Fish with Corn Flake Coating

cornflake coated fish
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Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
360 Calories
11g Fat
23g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 174mg 58%
Sodium 1691mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 48mg 238%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 1112mg 24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fish fillets are a nutritious protein that's easy to add to your weekly menu, as they are very versatile and can be incorporated into many recipes. Serve them with vegetables and potatoes, rice and a salad, or as the filling of wraps and sandwiches. Fish fillets are also budget-friendly and cook in no time, making your dinner prep just a matter of minutes. Our tasty recipe for crusted fish fillets is ready in less than 25 minutes and uses simple ingredients. All you need to make this meal is milk, butter, corn flakes, seasonings, and the fish of your preference. Serve with the optional tartare sauce or lime wedges—or use any other sauce you'd like, such as spicy mayo, a creamy and herby mixture, just plain hot sauce, or perhaps a good tomato-based sauce.

For our recipe, we recommend using a firm fish like tilapia. Other options include catfish, haddock, pollock, perch, cod, bass, or grouper. Check your local market and see if they have a deal on fish fillets and buy double to freeze for later use. When buying fillets, use your eyes and touch to check on the texture and color of the flesh: it should be firm and shiny, so skip dull and slimy pieces. Use your nose as well, as fish should smell fresh and briny and not fishy at all. If buying frozen fillets, check the package to verify that there is no ice or frost inside. If buying fresh and not using right away, either freeze for up to 3 months in the coldest part of the freezer or keep in the fridge for 2 days before using.

These crispy fillets require very little effort, just a quick dip in the seasoned milk and a good roll in the corn flake crumbs. Crispy and golden brown, the fillets are irresistible when served piping hot. If cooking for kids, check for bones with fish tweezers and slice the fillets into little strips. Coat them individually to make an attractive and easy-to-eat dinner for little hands. Use these fillets inside of crusty baguettes and add a generous amount of aioli and a handful of your favorite greens for a quick sandwich. Accompany with oven fries or tortilla chips, or perhaps serve with a serving of garlic pasta and plenty of Parmesan cheese for a flavor contrast.


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds fish fillets, cut into serving-size portions for 4

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs

  • 4 teaspoons melted butter

  • Optional: 6 to 8 tablespoons tartar sauce

  • Optional: 4 lemon wedges

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 500 F. Combine milk and salts. Dip fish in milk, then in crumbs.

  3. Arrange fish on an oiled shallow baking pan. Drizzle each portion with a teaspoon of melted butter.

  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender. The length of cooking time depends on​ the thickness of the fillets. Fish should flake easily with a fork.

  5. Serve with lemon wedges or tartar sauce.

  6. Enjoy!