Parmesan Crusted Oven-Baked Fish

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Enjoy a cheaper and healthier fish and chips at home with this delicious oven-Parmesan crusted oven-baked fish.

Love fish and chips but don’t enjoy the greasy feeling you get after eating fish and chips from the local chippy?

Here’s a delicious homemade version that is oven-baked (so fewer calories) and crusted in Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and parsley to make it super tasty.

Parmesan Fish – The Steps

The first step is to soak the fish for 10 minutes in a mixture of milk and garlic.

fish soaking in milk and garlic
This would be better in an oblong tray!

Why do we soak the fish in milk?

It takes away some if the ‘fishy smell‘ that fish can get if it’s not super fresh. If you have fresh fish, or fish that was snap-frozen, you can probably skip this step. However…

While the milk is to get rid of the fishy smell, I take the opportunity to impart it with a little garlicky flavour.

You don’t have to add garlic if you don’t want, but if you like garlic, putting it in the milk adds a subtle hint of garlic flavour.

The next step is to crumb the fish.

breadcrumb mixture ready to be pressed into fish fillets.

Remove the fish from the milk one at a time and press them into the breadcrumb mixture. It’s easier if this is in a rectangular tray, but a plate works fine as well.

Place the fish on a greased baking tray and press in some extra breadcrumbs if you like.

Spray the top with oil or drizzle on some oil or melted butter then bake in a hot oven until cooked through and golden.

fish and chips ready to be baked in the oven.

What Fish Should You Use for Homemade Fish and Chips?

For this dish, I used frozen Hoki fillets from New Zealand. These were $1.40 a fillet, so for a family of four with homemade chips, the whole meal came in under AU$10. But the frozen fillets often go on sale, so this meal can come in under AU$7. That’s a whole lot cheaper than takeaway.

Other fish options include:

  • flathead
  • bream
  • whiting
  • mullet
  • barramundi

What to serve your oven-baked fish with:

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3 Comments

  1. Hello Melissa,

    Do you use the Aldi Skinless Hoki from their freezer section for this recipe? I was given some lovely thick cutlets of Murray Cod and may use your recipe to oven bake these. They are presently in the freezer, as my hubby and I are the only ones who will eat fish here now. My fussy girls!! They are TOO well fed. It gets frustrating when you see fabulous recipes all the time, and have to be restricted because the fussy eaters will refuse it! (and I DO NOT like food waste)

  2. I think I’m the only frugal person who has never shopping Aldi – the closest store is 30 mins away, so I don’t think it’s worth it for me, but I think what I have bought is similar – skinless something. Murray Cod sounds lovely, fresh caught? Despite moving to coastal QLD, there’s not much fish to catch and not very good fish shops and it’s expensive.

    My husband is a fussy eater, but I give him things he doesn’t like anyway, sometimes he is surprised that he actually likes stuff.

  3. I used to travel 50 minutes to Aldi before they finally opened in our town!!
    I never bought frozen items (like fish) as I was always concerned they would thaw out (especially fish). Yes, a fisherman friend of my husband gave us some fresh caught murray cod. He has filleted it and cut into cutlets too! I’m sure it will be lovely. We should get two meals from it anyway since the fussy girls won’t participate!

    I’m glad your husband will try new things and actually likes them! :-)