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Herb-Crusted Pickerel with Lemon-Basil Sauce

Chef Darryl Riddle
Le Garage Café

A herbaceous crust coats tender pickerel fillets that flake with the light touch of a fork. Drizzle a light lemon-basil sauce for perked up tang.

3 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 cup panko
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 egg
4 pickerel fillets
1 Tbsp oil

Lemon-Basil Sauce
1/2 tsp minced garlic
3 Tbsp butter
1 tsp chopped basil
1/4 tsp lemon juice


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine thyme, panko, salt and pepper.
  2. In a second shallow bowl, beat egg.
  3. Dip fish in egg and then bread mixture.
  4. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add fish, turning once until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.


  1. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients. Cook over medium heat until butter
    is melted


1. Place one fillet per plate. Pour on desired amount of sauce and serve.

Yield 4 servings


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