Perch is a popular freshwater fish with a mild, sweet flavor. There are several easy methods for cooking perch fillets to bring out their best flavor. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook perch fillets in 4 different ways.

1. How To Cook Perch in Oven

Ingredients

  • 4 perch fillets (about 6 oz each)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Pat perch fillets dry with paper towels. Brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Baking time may vary depending on thickness of fillets.

Remove fillets from oven and transfer to plates. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top.

Serve immediately, garnished with lemon wedges. Enjoy this easy oven-baked perch!

2. How To Cook Perch on Grill

Ingredients

  • 4 perch fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Cooking spray or oil for grill

Instructions

Prepare grill for direct high-heat cooking. Lightly coat grates with cooking spray or brush with oil.

Rinse perch fillets and pat dry with paper towels. Brush both sides with olive oil, then sprinkle evenly with Cajun seasoning.

Place fillets directly on hot grill grates. Cook 2-3 minutes per side, until opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to overcook.

Remove fillets from grill and transfer to a platter. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top.

Serve grilled perch fillets immediately, garnished with lemon wedges. The charred exterior provides delicious flavor.

3. How To Cook Perch in Pan

Ingredients

  • 4 perch fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

Pat perch fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides with paprika, salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil or butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

When oil is hot, add fillets and cook 2-3 minutes per side until lightly browned and fish flakes easily. Work in batches if needed to avoid crowding the pan.

Remove cooked fillets to a clean plate and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top.

Serve pan-fried perch fillets hot, garnished with lemon wedges. Enjoy the crispy exterior and tender, flaky interior.

4. How To Cook Perch in Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 4 perch fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Pat perch fillets dry and brush lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.

Preheat air fryer to 400°F.

Place fillets in air fryer basket in a single layer, without overcrowding.

Cook for 6-8 minutes, shaking basket halfway through, until fish is opaque and flakes easily.

Remove basket and transfer fillets to a plate. Squeeze fresh lemon over the top.

Serve air fried perch fillets immediately, garnished with lemon wedges. Enjoy the crispy browned exterior and moist interior!

The light flavor of perch makes it perfect for simple preparations to let its delicate taste shine. Oven baking, grilling, pan frying or air frying are all easy, delicious ways to cook up tasty perch fillets. Adjust cook times as needed for thicker or thinner fillets.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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