Oven frying fish is similar to deep fat frying, but instead of using hot oil you are surrounding the fish with very hot heat. A very hot oven, typically set to 500 degrees F, is used. If you have a convection oven, cooking times may be shorter and a crispier crust will result.

The outer crust will not be as crisp when compared to the same fillet that has been cooked in a deep fryer, but this is another great method for cooking fish.

Oven Fried Fish Fillets


  • 2 pounds fish fillets, cut into serving sized pieces
  • 1 cup of milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Dip each fillet in the salted water, and lift to drain excess. Roll in the bread crumbs, and place in a single layer on the sheet pan. Spoon a little bit of the melted butter over each fillet.
  3. Bake until the fish flakes, and is lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
  4. Serve hot.
John’s motto is ‘release it unharmed or do it justice on the plate.’ Executive Chef, photographer, and surfer, John photographs ocean marine life when he’s out fishing, and creates masterpieces in the kitchen with what he keeps on deck. His photo works have been used in OEHHA Fish Advisories, National Geographic presentations, and nonprofit marine life groups. When he’s not fishing, he’s making great BBQ. Visit him at johnsheltondesigns.com, and send him a message using the contact form using the link above.