If you have some fresh or frozen fish fillets on hand (such as tilapia or haddock), this recipe is an easy way to get a delicious dinner on the table fast. The baked fish develops a tender, crunchy, crust, thanks to the coatings of milk and mixture of breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. This recipe is an easy blueprint for making your own variations, such as adding dried herbs or spices to the breadcrumb mixture before baking.
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Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease an 11 1/2 by 7 1/2 by 2-inch baking dish, being sure to reach the sides and bottom of the dish.
Blend together the milk and salt in a shallow bowl.
Combine the breadcrumbs, paprika, and Parmesan cheese in another bowl.
Dip the fish fillets into the milk mixture, then into the crumb mixture.
Arrange the fish in the prepared baking dish. Try to give each fillet its own space without too much overlap. Drizzle the melted butter over the fillets.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. The fish should flake easily with a fork when done.
Serve the fish right away, either on a platter or straight from the hot baking dish. Enjoy.
- Pick a mild white fish, as salmon or bluefish might have too strong a flavor for this preparation. Tilapia and haddock are great choices.
- If possible, buy fresh fish and use it that day or one day later.
- If using frozen fillets, be sure to fully defrost them prior to cooking.
- For either fresh or previously frozen fish, you want to dry the fillets prior to cooking by patting them down with paper towels.
- Consider making your own breadcrumbs for this recipe, especially if you have leftover stale bread. Be sure to season them with salt, pepper, and your favorite dried herbs and spices. Store them in a sealed container and use them in place of store-bought breadcrumbs in any recipe.