Years ago, my daughter and I were spending time in Florida and we decided to only eat sea food while there. We tried many delicacies from many specialized restaurants and we had some good and some bad sea food. Our favorite, by far, was crusted salmon from a local bar & grill. Fudpucker was its name if I recall. They had a living alligator right on the premises. Their menu resembled an 8-page newspaper. Very cool.
Our dinner was delicious and I’ve recreated this recipe many, many times since. It even became the favorite to a few of my clients from my other life as a chef. This recipe, although I changed a few of the ingredients, is by no means mine and I don’t want to claim the credit. I didn’t name it Salmon a la Jas, because you can use tilapia or any fish you prefer.
4 fish fillets
1 cup Mayo
½ cup Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
½ teaspoon Lemon Pepper seasoning
½ teaspoon Paprika
1 cup Italian style croutons
Olive oil and salt
Now let’s begin cooking, shall we? Start by rinsing four fish fillets (one per person, you do the math). Here, I used one gigantic salmon piece that I will cut into portions once it’s done. Pat dry using paper towels. Coat the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil. Lightly salt the fillets and place into a greased baking dish. Season with Old Bay seasoning (found at any grocery store on the spice rack) and Lemon Pepper.
In a small bowl, combine mayo, parmesan Italian seasoning and Cayenne pepper. Set aside.
Crumble croutons, but don’t crash it to dust; you want some bigger pieces in it for a nice texture. I place them in a Ziploc bag and slam with a meat mallet a few times.
Spread mayo mixture over fish fillets and top with croutons crumbs pressing lightly. Dust with Paprika.
Bake on 350 F degrees preheated oven 15-20 minutes until bread crumbs get toasty. Baking time really depends on your oven and the fish you’re using. The rule of thumb is: the fish is done when it easily flakes with a fork.
Serve with your favorite veggies and rice.
Jas is a cheesecake addict and the author of the Balkan Comfort Food cookbook available on Amazon. You can download a free excerpt of the book when you subscribe to All that's Jas newsletter updates. To learn more about Jas visit her About page.
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