Boxcar Fish (Baked Branzino with Panko and Parmesan)

August 12th, 2015


2 Branzino filleted, (my fishmonger does this for me and it yields 4 fillets)*
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Zest and juice from 1 lemon (an works nicely too)
½ cup white wine
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
½ cup Panko bread crumbs
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon 21 blend seasoning from Trader Joe’s (or any other msg free seasoning blend)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Black pepper

* Any mild white fish fillets will work well


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a 9×13 casserole dish add 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, white wine, and garlic. Mix together. Add the fish and coat both sides with this dressing. Rest the fish skin side down.

In a small bowl add the rest of the olive oil, Panko breadcrumbs, cheese, and seasoning. Mix well. Sprinkle mixture on top of each fillet in an even layer. Bake for about 10-12 minutes (though could be a bit longer depending on the thickness of the fish). Turn the broiler on and broil for 2-3 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Don’t walk away during the broiling as it can burn very quickly. I like to serve this with zucchini spaghetti and spoon the extra sauce on top.

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