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How to Cook Fish With Flour

by Esperance Barretto, studioD

By coating fish fillets with flour and pan-frying them, you get a crispy, golden-brown crust on the outside and soft and succulent flesh on the inside. Cooking with flour is a quick and easy method of preparing fish while enhancing its taste and texture. You can choose from a variety of flours to coat your fish including all-purpose, whole meal, cornmeal or chickpea. Use milk to bind the fish to the flour and add seasonings if you want to enhance its flavor.

Pat the fish fillets dry with a paper towel. Set on a large flat plate. Sprinkle a little salt, pepper, paprika or any other flavorings all over the fish.

Pour a little milk in a wide-brimmed bowl. You can also whip an egg and use instead.

Spread all-purpose flour evenly on a large flat plate. Dip the seasoned fish completely in the bowl of milk. Shake to drain excess milk from it.

Set the fish on the plate filled with the all-purpose flour. Turn it over to coat the other side with flour.

Heat a little vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until smoking. Add the floured fish. Cook for 4 minutes on each side or until the fish fillets take on a golden brown hue.

Place the cooked fish on a paper towel before serving to get rid of excess oil.

Items you will need
  •  Paper towels
  •  Flat plate
  •  Milk
  •  Wide-brimmed bowl
  •  All-purpose flour
  •  Plate
  •  Non-stick skillet
  •  Vegetable oil


  • If you want to give your floured fish a buttery flavor, fry it in an equal mix of butter and vegetable oil.
  • You can also season your flour with flavorings instead of seasoning the fish.

About the Author

Based in London, Esperance Barretto has been writing professionally since 1996. Several of her featured articles have appeared in Indian publications such as the "Cuffe Parade-Colaba Express" magazine, the "Times of India" and the "Afternoon Despatch and Courier." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Mumbai.

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