Pan Fried Smallmouth Bass Recipe

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 2 large egg whites (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 pound bass fillets (skinned)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 lemon (cut into wedges)


  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a 1-gallon food grade plastic disposable bag.
  2. In a wide dish mix together the seasoned bread crumbs and cornmeal.
  3. In a medium size, bowl whisks together the egg whites and water.
  4. Shake fillets one at a time in the flour mixture, and then roll them in the bread crumbs.
  5. Place the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the fish until golden brown on both sides and fish flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Serve with lemon wedges