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Italian Cornmeal-Crusted White Fish

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Some friends who like to fish gave us a couple pounds of crappie and I came up with this quick and delicious coating for it.  I was pleasantly surprised by how good it turned out!  Perfectly seasoned and with a slight crunch to it from broiling, the fish turned out really nice with the moisture locked in from the dressing and coating.  I think you’re going to like this one!

I just have to share something funny that’s related to this recipe before we get to it.  When I searched for “crappie” in the Weight Watchers points tracker online, this is what popped up on my screen:

Let’s take a closer look:


So there’s no entry for crappie, but there’s something called a “crap pie?”  I don’t even want to know!  I just used another white fish to calculate the points. :)

Italian Cornmeal-Crusted White Fish

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2 lbs. white fish, such as tilapia or cod
Italian Dressing
½ cup stone ground cornmeal
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon garlic salt

Place fish in a Ziploc bag and pour dressing over it, about ½ cup or enough to coat the fish. Allow to marinate 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil. Combine the cornmeal, parmesan, and garlic salt in a bowl and stir well. Take fish fillets one by one and place on a plate, then sprinkle cornmeal mixture over the top. Lift with your wet hand and shake excess coating back into your bowl. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all fish fillets are coated and on baking sheet. Bake for ten minutes, then switch the oven to broil. Keep an eye on the fish and remove once golden and the fish flakes easily when pierced with a fork.

For a quick and colorful side dish, combine broccoli florets with sliced red and yellow pepper and microwave in a covered dish for 5 minutes, or until tender. Serve with a sprinkle of garlic salt over the top.

Serves 6

Per serving: 246 calories; 9.7 g fat; 9 g carbohydrates; .7 g fiber; 32 g protein; 6 Points Plus

Recipe by Veronica Miller

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

8 responses »

  1. Hahaha! Thanks for my morning laugh. Crap pie. I’ll be giggling about that one for a while!
    And yay for fish. I love the stuff. Your coating looks perfect–light and crunchy and awesome.

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  2. Crap pie???? OMG. What in the world??? How many points is that??

    I LOVE fish but I’m the only one in my house that does. Boo! I rarely cook fish but I love to order it in restaurants.

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  3. LOLOL. Oh man…that is hilarious.

    Beautiful picture of the crappie :) Now I just feel silly!

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  4. That’s too funny about the crap pie…lol! The fish recipe sounds wonderful. I do have some walleye in the freezer that I’ve been meaning to use. This will be perfect :)

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  5. jaclyn Norris-Hutter

    http://www.activeangler.com/recipes/crappie.shtml

    you have to disambiguate by saying “crappie fish recipes” LOVE you!!!:D

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  7. I made this for supper tonight and this was sooooooo delicious …..love this recipe will be making this again!!!!!!!!

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