How to make Panko pan fried fish fillets

Panko breadcrumbed fish fillets are one of the easiest recipes to make and can be served with a side of salad and Kewpie mayonnaise for a good feed. Approximately, preparation and cooking time of 15 minutes if we’re not taking gutting and cleaning of the fish into consideration.

In this post today I’ll be using a freshly caught and filleted flathead and I’ll explain in short and simple steps how I go about using Panko breadcrumbs.


What you’ll need?

Fish Fillets or Fish Strips

Panko Bread Crumbs

Flour (Either wholemeal or plain)


Olive Oil


The order of operation – FEB

The most critical part of using Panko breadcrumbs, in my opinion, is getting the order correct on how we prepare our fillets. To get a nice and crunchy outer layer I like to use the sequence of coating the fillets in flour, egg and then Panko Breadcrumbs. This can be easily remembered through the acronym – FEB!


Step 1 – Heat up oil on medium heat.

Before we begin preparing our Fish fillets to get the frying pan going we’ll heat up the olive oil on medium heat.


Step 2 – Coat fillets through the flour. (F)

The first step in preparing our fillets is to coat the fillets through the flour. I like to use wholemeal flour but plain white flour will work just as well. Ensure the whole fillet is well coated before proceeding to the next step.


Step 3 – Coat fillets through beaten eggs. (E)

Once fillets have been coated with flour we’ll then coat through the beaten eggs.


Step 4 – Coat fillets through Panko Breadcrumbs. (B)

Panko time! Take the fillets out of the eggs and place it through a bowl of panko bread crumbs. Ensure the fillets are well covered.


Step 5 – Fry fillets on the pan.

By the time the fillets are prepared our frying pan should be ready to go. Place the fillets into the oil and cook approximately 2 minutes on each side or until a nice golden brown is achieved.


Serve and enjoy!

As simple as that! Our fillets are ready to be served with a squeeze of lime. If you like, prepare a side of salad of your choice to go with the Panko fried fish fillets. My absolute recommendation, serve fish fillets with Kewpie mayo. What I like to call ‘secret sauce’.

9 thoughts to “How to make Panko pan fried fish fillets”

  1. Wow. You did a great job with this steps for making panko pan fried fish filelts.

    I did it too with my wife and it is very tasty.  For me this food is perfect becaus is full of proteins. Being  gym lover it helps me to increase my muscles.

    I can t wait too see more of articles like this. Sometimes I feel that i dont know what to cook next day. You helped me a lot.

    Thank’s and good luck.

    1. Hi Nimrodngy,

      Thanks for taking the time and leaving a comment. I’m glad you found the recipe easy to follow and very tasty!

      All the best,


  2. Though this is really coming new to me but then, this fried fish fillets seems rather interesting and worthy of being tried out. Even though I love cooking, i have never come across this in any catalogue, I really want to treat myself to a new taste and if it is worthy, probably have a dinner of fried fish fillets for my family too. It looks yummy though. Thanks

    1. Hi Bella,

      For something so simple this might just be worthy enough for you to try. If you ever decide to give this a recipe a trial run let me know how you go and how it turned out. All the best on your cooking! 🙂

  3. Hello Vinnie, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. My wife and I are true fans of fish, I like to prepare it in many different ways but I did not try this recipe so far. Luckily, I have all the ingredients I need so tomorrow I will try this recipe for lunch, it looks so delicious and I can’t imagine the taste. 

    1. Hi Danijel,

      Thanks for taking the time and leaving a comment. I absolutely do recommend you give this recipe a go as it’s simple and can be whipped up in no time. Perfect to use panko pan fried fish fillets in a sandwich for work lunches too!

  4. That looks really smashing! reminds me of when my father used to take me fishing krill! breadcrumbed fish
    fillets with mayo…just lovely! Can’t wait to try this! Unfortunately, it was only possible since he had a boat we could go out with, I don’t have one… Is it possible to fish this without a boat?
    I always wanted to learn fishing but I never had anyone to go with on land, It has always seemed like such a nice way to spend time. What fishes could I get with this equipment? Can it be used in all waters? Is it difficult to learn?

    1. Hi Bernie,

      Thanks for taking the time and leaving a comment! To answer your first question, absolutely you can catch Flathead from the land. My website is all about land based fishing. 

      As for the fishing equipment check out my guide on rod and reels to get you started. However, fishing can’t be done in all waters and therefore you need to check with local regulations where you’re allowed to fish. 

      In my opinion, fishing is a great way to spend an afternoon on the water. It’s quite relaxing yet exciting at the same time and almost anyone can learn how to begin fishing.

  5. That’s a nice and straightforward way to do it Vinnie!
    Plus, all you need to make it can be pretty easily packed and taken with you if you are camping out by your spot. Wouldn’t be bad to have some panko crumbed fillets from a fresh catch after a long days fishing 🙂

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