Fried Perch Recipe from Romania

Fried Perch

Fried Perch Recipe from Romania
Region / culture: Romania | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 4


Fried Perch
Fried Perch

Fried perch is a delicious and simple dish that is perfect for a quick and easy meal. The crispy coating and tender fish make it a favorite among seafood lovers.


Fried perch has been a popular dish for many years, especially in regions where perch is abundant. The simple preparation and delicious flavor have made it a staple in many households.


How to prepare

  1. Clean, wash, and cut the fish. Sprinkle salt over it and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes.
  2. Next, dry each piece with a clean cloth, coat with flour, and fry in hot oil on both sides.
  3. Serve the fish warm, garnished with lemon slices.


  • Add a sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning or cayenne pepper to the flour mixture for a spicy kick.
  • Substitute perch with another white fish such as cod or haddock for a different flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to dry the fish thoroughly before coating it with flour to ensure a crispy crust.

- Use a heavy-bottomed pan and heat the oil to the right temperature before frying the fish to prevent it from becoming greasy.

- Serve the fish immediately after frying to enjoy it at its best.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the fried perch with a side of tartar sauce, coleslaw, and crispy fries for a classic fish and chips meal.

Cooking Techniques


Ingredient Substitutions

Use cornmeal or breadcrumbs instead of flour for a different texture.

- Substitute perch with tilapia or catfish if perch is not available.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the fish ahead of time by coating it with flour and refrigerating it until ready to fry.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the fried perch on a bed of lettuce with a wedge of lemon for a simple and elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the fried perch with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or a light beer for a refreshing combination.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven to maintain the crispy texture.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Per serving: 250 calories


Per serving: 5g


Per serving: 12g


Per serving: 25g

Vitamins and minerals

Per serving: Vitamin D - 10% DV, Iron - 8% DV


Contains fish and gluten


Fried perch is a good source of protein and healthy fats, making it a nutritious choice for a meal.


Fried perch is a classic dish that is easy to make and delicious to eat. With a crispy coating and tender fish, it is sure to be a hit at your next meal.

How did I get this recipe?

It feels like just yesterday when I stumbled upon this recipe for Fried Perch. The memory of that day is still fresh in my mind, and I can still recall the sights, sounds, and scents that surrounded me as I learned to make this delicious dish.

It was a warm summer day, and I had decided to take a leisurely stroll by the lake near my home. As I walked, I noticed a group of fishermen gathered by the shore, their lines cast out into the water in hopes of catching the day's meal. Intrigued, I made my way over to them and struck up a conversation.

One of the fishermen, an older gentleman with weathered hands and a kind smile, noticed my interest and offered to show me his favorite recipe for preparing the perch he had caught earlier that morning. Eager to learn, I eagerly accepted his invitation and followed him back to his small cabin by the water.

Inside, he showed me how to clean and fillet the fish, carefully removing the bones and scales before coating the delicate white flesh in a seasoned cornmeal mixture. He then heated a cast-iron skillet over an open flame, adding a generous amount of oil before gently placing the fish fillets into the hot pan.

As the fish sizzled and cooked, filling the air with a mouthwatering aroma, the fisherman shared stories of his own grandmother, who had taught him the recipe many years ago. He spoke of her love for cooking and how she had passed down her culinary skills to him, just as he was now passing them down to me.

I listened intently, absorbing every detail of the recipe and committing it to memory. When the fish was golden and crispy, he carefully removed it from the skillet and plated it with a side of fresh lemon wedges and tartar sauce. We sat down to enjoy the meal together, the flavors exploding on my taste buds with each bite.

From that day on, Fried Perch became a staple in my own kitchen. I would often make it for family gatherings and special occasions, always remembering the kind fisherman who had shared his recipe with me. Over the years, I have added my own twist to the dish, experimenting with different seasonings and cooking methods to create a version that is uniquely my own.

But no matter how many times I prepare Fried Perch, it always takes me back to that sunny day by the lake, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature and the warmth of a new friendship. The recipe may have been passed down through generations, but it will always hold a special place in my heart as a reminder of the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories.


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