Baked Whitefish with Parmesan Crumb Topping
4 whitefish fillets (any firm variety of fish, such as cod, halibut, flounder, etc.)--about 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. total
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
3/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Lemon zest or slices (optional)
Thinly sliced fresh basil leaves (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking dish or rimmed cookie sheet with foil.
Pat the fish dry. Place the fillets in the baking dish and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a small skillet over low heat (or in a microwave-safe bowl), melt the butter. Add the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Mix gently until evenly combined. Sprinkle the mixture over the fillets.
Bake the fillets until they are cooked through and the topping is golden, about 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with lemon zest and/or basil. Serve with lemon slices if desired. Serve hot.
NOTE: Buy fillets that are all about the same thickness--about 1/2 inch thick or so.
This message has been edited by MaxineS on Oct 7, 2008 11:44 AM This message has been edited by MaxineS on Oct 7, 2008 11:43 AM