I know I always say I’m not a great fish lover, and that is the truth, even though I seem to be doing more than enough fish for someone who says otherwise. But I will say, when it is done right it can be really delicious. And this Simple Italian Pan Fried Fish is pretty darn good.
One thing you learn about Italian food is that just because it is fast and simple doesn’t mean it has to be tasteless. Italian food, especially Italian fish recipes, are anything but that.
I know that in some places it is really difficult to find fresh fish, but I cook frozen fish this way also. For this dish I used Perch but I am sure you can substitute it with your favorite.
Italians love fish, in any and every way. My husband and our friends are always planning new get togethers just so they have an excuse to eat fish.
Simple Italian Pan Fried Fish
The last time I made this I also made the Parmesan Potato Ham Bake, it was a tasty accompaniment to the fish.
The Simple Italian Pan Fried Fish is a one skillet dish, which is pretty well the best kind, made with some healthy olive oil, fresh chopped Italian parsley and of course a few slices of lemon. Buon Appetito!
- 1 pound perch pieces** halibut or cod or fish of choice
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 small lemon thinly sliced
- slices **I like the thicker of fish for pan frying but even thin will work.
Place fish slices on a plate and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper (pepper if desired).
In a medium-large skillet, on medium-high heat warm the olive oil, add fish (seasoned side down), then sprinkle the other side with a pinch of salt (and pepper if desired) top with chopped parsley and lemon slices, cook 5 minutes then flip over and cook for an additional 3 or 4 minutes until fish is cooked (opaque and flakes, not transparent). Remove from pan and serve immediately. Enjoy!