It is possible to make a light batter with egg whites rather than whole eggs or egg yolks, but the batter still needs to be deep-fried to be crisp. In the recipe below, breadcrumbs replace the batter and the fish steaks are baked, making them a healthy alternative to fried fish. The crust is crispier if the breaded fish is left to chill, uncovered, for up to 4 hours before cooking.
Oven-Fried Fish Steaks Recipe
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
2 tablespoons plain flour
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs
90 g (1.5 cups) fine breadcrumbs
1 large egg white
4 thick white fish fillets or steaks, each weighing 175-250 g, skinned
2 tablespoons peanut oil
To serve: lemon wedges
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celcius and put a baking tray in it to warm. Mix the flour with the cayenne and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the herbs into the breadcrumbs. Whisk the egg white lightly with a fork until just frothy. Make sure the fish is dry. Coat it in the flour mixture first, then dip it into the egg white and finally the herb-flavored breadcrumbs. Heat the oil in a large, nonstick frying pan until it is very hot but not smoking. Add the coated fish steaks and fry them over a moderate heat for about a minute each side. Transfer the fish steaks to the hot baking tray and bake for 8 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.
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