Friday, June 10, 2022

Pan Fried John Dory

I had the pleasure of being introduced to a fabulous fish market a couple of weeks ago. Pearson's Port , in the harbor at Newport Beach, southern California, serves up fish caught fresh daily. Most fish are caught locally, by the Pearson's and their friends. However, some fish come from their friends afar - as far away as New Zealand! This John Dory was flown in fresh from New Zealand, and one of the owners helped my daughter and I pick out three pieces perfect for three servings. My daughter cooked this up with one of her favorite ways to serve subtle white fish, and it was just as delicious as it looks. This method also is delicious with tilapia. 


1 piece of tender white fish per serving
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup panko
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp butter


Lightly sprinkle each piece of fish with salt and pepper. Beat the egg and place in a low pan, like a pie plate. Mix the panko and cheese together and place in a second plate. Add the olive oil and butter to a nonstick skillet and heat on the stovetop over medium heat. Dip each piece of fish in the beaten egg, then in the panko cheese mixture. Place skin side up in the skillet and cook about 2 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 2 or 3 minutes until the fish flakes easily. 

Serves 3-4

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Buying from your local vendor means getting the freshest ingredients. In addition to fresh John Dory, we also purchased locally caught scallops, and they were soooo delicious! I also like to support local merchants, and love how grateful and helpful they are in return. Most local merchants are willing to share lots of information, and Pearson's Port is no exception. Their website includes some of their family's favorite ways to prepare and serve most of the fish they regularly feature. 

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