Panfish are not only delicious but also versatile. From grilled to baked and even air-fried, there are numerous ways to enjoy these freshwater delicacies. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, these simple and easy panfish recipes will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. So, grab your fishing gear and get ready for a delightful culinary adventure!
Grilled Panfish Recipe
Imagine catching a boatload of bluegill during a thrilling fly-fishing session. Now, it’s time to put those fish on the grill and bring out their best flavors. This mouthwatering recipe works well with any type of panfish, including bass, crappie, perch, and more. It’s incredibly simple and guaranteed to impress.
- Four boneless and skinless fillets (8 oz)
- Half of a white onion, chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp pepper
- 1 tbsp salt
- Two tablespoons of butter
- Aluminum foil, torn into 14-18 inch sheets
- Optional: Beer, lemon slices
- Pre-heat your grill to a medium-high temperature, around 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Make a small plate out of the aluminum foil and fold up the edges to prevent any spills. Butter the aluminum foil sheet and place the fillets in the center.
- Season both sides of the fillets with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chopped onion over them.
- Add a splash of water (or beer!) to keep the fillets moist during the grilling process.
- For an extra zing, garnish with lemon slices and seal up the packets.
- Place the packets on the grill and cook for 7-10 minutes, flipping once. The fish should be white and flaky when tested with a fork.
- For a smokier flavor, try using a Fish Grill Rack instead of foil!
Complimentary sides for Grilled Panfish:
- Rice Pilaf
- Grilled Zucchini, Squash, or Asparagus
- Cole Slaw
- Texas Toast
Whole Baked Panfish Recipe
In many parts of the world, fish are cooked whole, offering a whole new level of flavor and texture. While western cultures often fillet the fish, cooking them whole is an experience worth trying. Get ready for a simple yet delicious recipe that showcases the natural flavors of panfish.
- 4-6 panfish, gutted and scaled
- Three tbsp of olive oil
- Fresh parsley and dill
- Sliced onion and lemon
- Two tbsp salt
- Two tsp pepper
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Coat a medium-large roasting pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil and line the bottom with sliced lemon.
- Generously brush olive oil onto the fish and season with parsley, dill, salt, and pepper.
- Place the whole fish on top of the sliced lemons.
- Cover the roasting pan with foil and cook for 22 minutes.
- Let the fish sit for 5 minutes and garnish with parsley. The meat should be fork-tender and delicious!
Complimentary sides for Whole Baked Panfish:
- Baked Potato or Potatoes Au Gratin
- Chef Salad
- Green Bean Casserole
- Sauteed Mushrooms
Air Fried Panfish Recipe
Looking for a healthier alternative to traditional frying? Air frying is your answer. With this recipe, you can enjoy the same crispiness and texture while reducing the calories and mess. Crappie fillets are recommended for this recipe, but feel free to experiment with your favorite panfish.
- 6-8 boneless and skinless crappie fillets
- Two cups buttermilk
- One cup breadcrumbs
- Two teaspoons garlic salt
- Half teaspoon paprika
- Half teaspoon black pepper
- Cooking spray
- Preheat your Air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray your air fryer pan/basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Rinse the fillets thoroughly in water, pat them dry, and place them in a small bowl of buttermilk. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Mix breadcrumbs, garlic salt, paprika, and black pepper in a small bowl.
- Remove the fillets from the buttermilk, shake off the excess liquid, and dredge them in the breadcrumb mixture, ensuring both sides are coated evenly.
- Arrange the fillets in a single layer in the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. The breadcrumbs should turn golden brown and crispy, and the meat should be white and flaky.
Complimentary sides for Air Fried Panfish:
- Baked Beans
- Whole Kernel Corn
- Collard Greens
Preparing your own catch is incredibly satisfying, and panfish offer a quick, easy, and healthy option for a home-cooked meal. Whether it’s fried whole bluegill, baked yellow perch, or grilled white bass, these recipes are sure to please. So, next time you’re out on the lake, bring back a few fish and treat yourself and your loved ones to a delicious feast. You won’t regret it!