Fish Milanese

These fish, cooked in the style of Milan, have a crispy crumb coating and the fresh tang of lemon juice.


serves 4
8 sole or plaice fillets 30 ml (2 tbsps) dry vermouth
1 bay leaf
90 ml (6 tbsps) olive oil Salt and pepper Seasoned flour for.dredging
2 eggs, lightly beaten Dry breadcrumbs Oil for shallow frying 90 g (6 tbsps) butter
1 clove garlic, crushed
10 ml (2 tsps) chopped parsley
30 ml (2 tbsps) capers
5 ml (1 tsp) chopped fresh oregano
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges and parsley to garnish


1. Skin the fillets with a sharp filleting knife. Remove any small bones and place the fillets in a large, shallow dish. Combine the vermouth, oil and bay leaf in a small saucepan and heat gently. Allow to cool completely and pour over the fish. Leave the fish to marinate for about 1 hour, turning them occasionally.

2. Remove the fish from the marinade and dredge lightly with the seasoned flour.

3. Dip the fillets into the beaten eggs to coat, or use a pastry brush to brush the eggs onto the fillets. Dip the egg-coated fillet into the breadcrumbs, pressing the crumbs on firmly.

4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the fillets and cook slowly on both sides until golden brown. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, remove and drain on paper towels.

5. Pour the oil out of the frying pan and wipe it clean. Add the butter and the garlic and cook until both turn a light brown. Add the herbs, capers and lemon juice and pour immediately over the fish. Garnish with lemon wedges and sprigs of parsley.

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posted by porky @ 07:38AM, 5/16/10
This is an oustanding recipe, i used corn flake crumbs instead of bread crumbs....delicious
Fish Milanese
posted by Marcia @ 11:29AM, 8/23/12
I used sole filets from Outpost Grocery Store, brown rice flour instead of bread crumbs and marsala cooking wine instead of vermouth, parsley in place of oregano. My husband and I both loved it.
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