3 Ways to Prepare Panga Fish Fillet

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3 Ways to Prepare Panga Fish Fillet
3 Ways to Prepare Panga Fish Fillet

Got sick of cod, but like the smooth taste of white fish? How about trying the panga fish? It's easy to season this delicate meat and prepare it in various ways. For an elegant meal, heat the grill and place the fillets on foil papillotes along with lemon and fresh herbs. If you prefer a spicy touch, cover the steaks with a pepper sauce and roast them until they start to fall apart. Are you a fan of a crispy fish? Bread the fillets and fry them until golden.


Grilled panga fish with lemon and herbs

  • 4 panga fish fillets.
  • 4 teaspoons of oil.
  • 4 sprigs of fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, basil).
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes four servings.

Spicy panga fish

  • 4 panga fish fillets.
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • 4 tablespoons of oil.
  • 2 tablespoons of chili pepper sauce.
  • 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger.
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves.
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato paste.

Makes four servings.

fried panga fish

  • 4 panga fish fillets.
  • ¾ cup of cornmeal.
  • ⅔ cup of flour.
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder.
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water.
  • 1 ½ cup of vegetable oil.

Makes four servings.


Method 1 of 3: Grilled panga fish with lemon and herbs

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Step 1. Place the fillets on top of pieces of aluminum foil

Cut four large pieces of aluminum foil (so that the fish is accommodated with room to spare). Place a long fillet in the middle of each piece of aluminum foil.

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Step 2. Season the fish with salt, pepper, oil, lemon and herbs

Drizzle each fillet with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, then add salt and pepper on both sides. Divide the lemon sliced ​​into very thin slices among the fish and sprinkle the fresh herbs on top.

Use your favorite herbs like parsley, rosemary or oregano

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Step 3. Close the papillotes

Join the four sides of the foil on top, closing them tightly so that the fish is inside the package.

Papillote serves to prevent steam escaping while the fish is grilled

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Step 4. Heat half a grill or barbecue

If you use a gas grill, light the burners on one side only over a high heat and leave the rest unlit. If it's a barbecue, just put the coals on one side, leaving the other empty.

Leave the lid down while it heats up

Did you know?

With two temperatures on the grill, it is easier to control the preparation of this delicate fish, preventing it from drying out and overcooking.

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Step 5. Place the papillotes in indirect heat and cover the grill

Arrange the four aluminum foil packages on the hot grill. It is important to place them in the coldest part and then cover the grill again.

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Step 6. Grill the fillets for ten to 15 minutes

If they are thin, start looking after ten minutes. To check, put on oven mitts and open a package with a tong. Then pass a fork through the center of the fillet, which should be opaque and easily crumble, indicating that it is done.

  • If the fish is not ready, close the papillote and cover the grill. Look again in two or three minutes.
  • Take care when opening the hot papillote as steam is released.
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Step 7. Serve the steaks grilled

When the fish is ready, place the papillotes on a platter. Open them and place the filets on plates to serve. Some nice side options are grilled peppers, potato salad or a vegetable salad.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for three or four days

Method 2 of 3: Spicy Panga Fish

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Step 1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C and place the fillets on a baking sheet

Put 4 panga fillets in a single layer on the baking sheet. Also, move the oven grid to the center position.

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Step 2. Season the fish with salt, pepper and lemon juice

Add 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons lemon juice to both sides of the fillets.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is tastier

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Step 3. Marinate the fish for about 15 minutes

Set aside the baking sheet while you prepare the spicy mixture. The panga absorbs the flavors of salt, pepper and lemon while marinating.

As it's not for a long time, it's okay to leave it at room temperature

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Step 4. Mix the oil, chili sauce, garlic and tomato paste

Add 4 tablespoons of oil to a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of chili sauce. Then add 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger, 4 crushed garlic cloves and 4 tablespoons of tomato paste.

Alternative seasoning:

3 tablespoons of melted butter;

3 tablespoons of soy sauce;

2 tablespoons of lemon juice;

1 ¼ teaspoon chili powder;

½ teaspoon of sugar;

1 teaspoon of dried basil;

2 teaspoons of oregano.

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Step 5. Cover the panga fillets with the pepper mixture

Spoon the mixture over the fillets on the baking sheet. Use the back of the spoon to spread the liquid, covering all the fish evenly.

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Step 6. Bake the panga for 20 to 25 minutes

Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake the fish until it crumbles at the touch of the fork. You can also use a cooking thermometer to see if the meat has reached 65°C.

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Step 7. Take the pan out of the oven and serve the peppered fish

Turn off the oven and remove the baking sheet. Serve panga fish hot with fresh rice and roasted vegetables.

If you want to keep leftovers, place the fillets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days

Method 3 of 3: Fried panga fish

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Step 1. Mix the cornmeal, 3 tablespoons of flour and seasonings

Place ¾ cup of cornmeal in a shallow dish or bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 of garlic powder and ½ of cayenne pepper. Shake well.

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Step 2. Arrange remaining ingredients for breading

Get two more plates or shallow bowls. Put ½ cup of flour in one of them and break an egg into the other. Add 1 tablespoon of water along with the egg and beat well.

With the diluted egg, it is easier to bread the fish

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Step 3. Heat the vegetable oil for four minutes

Place 1 ½ cup of oil in a large pot or deep skillet and turn on medium heat. Allow the oil to heat up for about four minutes.

Use an oil with a high smoke point, such as soy, corn or sunflower oil

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Step 4. Pan the fish in flour, egg and cornmeal

Place the 4 fillets on the plate with the flour and turn them over to cover both sides. Pass them to the plate with beaten egg and do the same. Allow excess egg to drain. Finally, just cover them with cornmeal on both sides.

The flour and egg are also crunchy during frying as the moisture evaporates

Did you know?

Cornmeal guarantees a very crispy fried fish. Without being breaded, the result is not the same.

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Step 5. Fry 2 of the fillets for about five minutes

When the oil is hot, place the breaded fillets slowly in the pan or skillet. Allow them to fry for two minutes and carefully turn them over to fry for another two minutes. The fish should be golden and crispy on the outside and white and soft on the inside.

  • Wait for the oil to heat up again to fry the other fillets.
  • Try using two spatulas to turn the fillets, preventing them from breaking.
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Step 6. Serve the panga fried

Turn off the heat and transfer the fried fish fillets to a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve them still hot. Garnish with lemon wedges and a pinch of salt.

  • The fried panga fish fillet is great with a potato or mixed vegetable salad.
  • As it gets soft in the refrigerator, avoid storing leftovers.


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