Emergency EASY Fish recipe – Parmesan Crumbed Fish!

Easy Fish recipe - Parmesan Crumbed Fish served over cauliflower mash

10 minute, insanely EASY Fish Recipe with high returns for very minimal effort! This Parmesan Crumbed Fish has a crunchy golden garlicky crumb – and guess what? NO MESSY DREDGING.

Bonus: Super healthy fish recipe, clocking in at at just 260 calories per serving!

Easy Fish recipe - Parmesan Crumbed Fish served over cauliflower mash

EASY Fish recipe!

I love a good crispy Pan Fried Fish, and sure it only takes 7 minutes to make but we all have those days when we just can’t deal with flour dusting and stove-top oil splatter. Right??

So this Parmesan Crusted Fish is a recipe that I came up with in my former corporate days. I called it an Emergency Fish recipe because it’s one of the most effortless fish dinners I know – if not THE most effortless – with high returns for very small effort and the added bonus that it’s healthy.

For 3 minutes of your time, this is what I can give you:

  • perfectly cooked juicy fish
  • crunchy golden garlicky parmesan crumb (it’s so delicious, you’ll want to eat it straight out of the bowl!)
  • no stove mess
  • wholesome, made from scratch
  • a fish dinner that’s incredibly quick ‘n easy yet makes no sacrifices on the deliciousness factor!

The way I cook this fish is a little unorthodox – but it’s a highly effective, no fail method!

Close up of fork showing juicy inside of Baked Fish with Parmesan Crumb

My emergency Easy Fish Recipe: how to make it

Once you see how I make this, you’ll understand why it’s my Emergency Fish recipe!!

How to make Emergency Easy Fish Recipe

  1. Parmesan Crumb –  Shove a couple of garlic cloves through a garlic crusher, mix with store bought grated parmesan (the sandy type), breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and swish of oil. Parsley is totally optional here!
  2. Mustard “glue” – Spread mustard on the fish, just like buttering toast! The mustard is our glue for the crumb (avoid messy dredging in egg) as well as adding some flavour;
  3. Press fish into crumb mixture;
  4. Marvel at how it sticks on perfectly!
  5. Lay into PREHEATED skillet and pop under broiler/grill OR bake it- preheating the skillet cooks the fish on the underside while the heat elements cook it from the top and makes the crumb beautifully golden;
  6. 5 minutes later, marvel (again!) at how beautifully golden the crumb is and how perfectly the fish is cooked!

What you need

And here’s what you need for my Emergency Easy Fish recipe.

Parsley is optional! And any fish will work here, though anything thicker than 2cm / 4/5″ thick should be cooked in the oven rather than using the broiler/grill (directions in recipe).

Ingredients for super easy fish recipe

Raw fish and parmesan crumb mixture for easy fish recipe

Super fast fish recipe

This fish recipe can be cooked in under the grill/broiler OR in the oven, but my preferred method is using the boiler for 2 reasons:

  • it’s faster – a 2 cm / 4/5″ thicken white fish fillet will cook in 5 – 6 minute flat., about half the time it takes in the oven; and
  • the closer contact to the heat source makes the crumb wonderfully golden without overcooking the fish. If you use the oven, you can either flick the broiler on at the end, or if you want a really golden crumb, use my method to toast the breadcrumbs in the oven before crumbing the fish, like I do for my baked Homemade Filet-O-Fish.

What to serve with Parmesan Crumbed Fish

This fish is pictured in post served over Creamy Mashed Cauliflower because I had it on hand (loving having a tub of it on standby!) but in my corporate days, this Garlic White Bean Mash In A Flash was a regular.

But honestly, for a quick meal, toast up some bread, grab a handful of leafy greens, drizzle with oil and lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper – and voila!

Dinner. On the table in 10 minutes! – Nagi x

Overhead photo of Parmesan Crumbed Fish (easy baked fish recipe) on a plate, ready to be eaten

Watch how to make it

Healthy Parmesan Garlic Crumbed Fish

Recipe video above. Packed generously with a thick, crunchy coating of parmesan and garlic breadcrumbs, this is one fish that everyone is sure to love. Using this recipe, you'll get perfectly golden crumbs and perfectly cooked fish every time. And the clincher? It's on the table in just over 10 minutes. I made this using perch fillets (skin off) but you can use any firm white fish fillets.

  • 2 firm white fish fillets ((about 5 oz / 150g each), skin off, at room temperature)
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt and pepper


  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp parsley (, finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup (30g) parmesan (, finely grated)
  • 1 garlic clove (, minced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat grill / broiler on high.

  2. Combine the Crumb ingredients and mix well to combine.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of fish with salt and pepper, then spread the mustard on the top of each fillet (top only).

  4. Press the msutard smeared side of the fish into the crumb mixture. Press down firmly to make it stick.

  5. Drizzle 1/2 tbsp oil in a skillet and preheat on the stove over high heat.

  6. Once skillet is hot, place the fillets in the hot pan then place under the grill / broiler (about 5"/15cm from the heat source) for 5 – 6 minutes until the crumb is golden and the fish is cooked, rotating as required. Fish should flake in centre once cooked.

  7. Oven option: bake at 220C/390F for 10 – 12 minutes, then finish under the grill/broiler on high to make the crumb golden.

  8. Serve immediately with lemon wedges!

1. Cook time: The fillets I used were about 2cm / 4/5″ thick and they took about 6 minutes to cook.

2. Side suggestion – pictured in post with Creamy Mashed Cauliflower (low carb, super tasty alternative to mashed potato!). This Garlic White Bean Mash In A Flash is also a handy quick side. For a quick meal, toast up some bread, grab a handful of leafy greens, drizzle with oil and lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper – and voila!

3. Nutrition per serving, fish only.

Originally published July 2014. Updated with new photos, new writing, brand new video and most importantly, Life of Dozer section added!

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