Baked perch is a great alternative to deep frying. Mix in a side of roasted potatoes and carrots or oven roasted fries and you have the next best thing to a fish fry without the guilt or mess. I always feel great after eating baked perch. I can't say the same about after eating deep fried perch.
How to bake perch
Before you start preparing the perch, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is heating, take out two bowls. In the first bowl, combine one egg, one cup of milk (beer, if you like beer battered) and a tablespoon of melted butter (exclude for a healthier meal). This will make the mixture that you will be dipping the perch in before it hits the breading.
|Add a couple shots of Frank's red hot if you like your perch spicy.|
In the second bowl, add a tablespoon of seasoning salt, a teaspoon of garlic salt, a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (exclude if you don't like spicy foods) and then enough fish batter to cover all the fish you plan on baking (double the spices if you are cooking a lot of fish).
|I used Panko bread crumbs but any brand works.|
The next step in the process of making baked perch is to dip the fish in the liquid dip. I used a fork in the picture but it is easier to just pick the meat up with your hand and dip it in.
After you dip the perch into the mixture, immediately dip it into the breading mix. Once this is done, put the breaded perch fillet on a pan approved for the oven.
|This will make great tasting perch!|
At this point, the stove should be heated to 400 and you should be ready to start cooking the perch. I cooked mine for five minutes on each side but you may want to cook yours longer depending on your personal taste.
|Perch ready to be baked.|
Once the fish has cooked for five minutes, you should flip over the perch fillets to make sure they brown up on both sides. I recommend cooking the perch for another five minutes and then checking them to see if they are done. The fish will be done when the flesh is white and flaky.
|You can also throw the perch under the broiler for the last couple minutes for extra crispy fish.|
If you try baking perch this way, please comment in the comment section below on how you liked it. I would really appreciate it.