You have no idea how many times I have tried and failed to add breadcrumbs to fish to make homemade fish sticks or crumbed fish fillets. My kids love fish sticks and crumbed fish fillets, but I've always wanted to make a healther version at home that doesn't contain any added extras that we just don't need.
I finally have a winner, for two out of three kids at least ... I think the third child would love it if he didn't devour the waffle fries on the side of his plate first and then claim to be too full to eat the fish.
- 10 flounder fillets
- 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- 1 cup grated cheese - I used a cheese blend of parmesan, asiago, fontina & mild provolone
- 4 tbs Earth Balance butter - divided in half with one completely melted and one softened
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- salt & pepper
- 2 lemons - quartered (for serving)
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F and place the oven rack a little higher than center.
Prepare the flounder fillets into a couple of baking dishes that have been lightly greased. Brush each fillet with the softened butter.
In a separate bowl combine the Panko bread crumbs, grated cheese, thyme, salt, pepper and melted butter.
Sprinkle the combined mixture over each of the flounder fillets and lightly press it down.
Bake in the oven for approximately 15-18 minutes.
Serving suggestion: fresh lemon quarters, waffle fries and caesar salad