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Fish with Mixed-Herb Gremolata Breadcrumbs

Add fresh garden herbs to a breadcrumb mix to top baked fish.


  • 4 fillets sustainable fish (8-12 ounces each), such as snapper, black cod or trout, skin-on or skin-off, or 4 halibut or swordfish steaks, no more than 1/2-3/4-inch thick

  • 2 lemons

  • Salt and pepper

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for coating

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh herbs, such as flat leaf parsley, rosemary, thyme and oregano

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs


Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and pre-heat to 425°F, or pre-heat a covered outdoor grill to medium-high.

Rinse the fish and pat dry with paper towels.

Zest the lemons, avoiding the bitter white pith. Reserve the zest.

Massage the fish with the juice of one of the zested lemons. Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper and coat liberally in EVOO.

On a cutting board, finely chop the herbs. Add the garlic and reserved lemon zest, then chop the mixture to combine. Place the panko and breadcrumbs in a shallow dish and sprinkle the herb gremolata on top, working the mixture through the crumbs with your fingertips. Dredge the fish in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into the fish.

Place the fillets on a small baking sheet and bake until the breadcrumbs are golden and fish is opaque, 12-16 minutes, depending on thickness. Cut the remaining zested lemon into wedges. Serve the fish with salad and the lemon wedges.

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