Lemon Parmesan Crusted Perch

This recipe is for those who love eating fish, and are looking for more recipes to have on rotation. It also makes a great recipe to prepare when you are having guests over, because you can prepare it, put it in the fridge, and then bake it for 20 minutes before serving. Plus, the finished lemon parmesan crusted perch will look gorgeous on your table.

What to expect: a healthy, fresh but delicious fish fillet that tastes of lemon, parmesan and has a flavourful crunch on top. Eating healthy can be easy with recipes like this one.


How to Cook Perch?

The most common ways to cook perch are either pan frying it after having coated in breading, or baking it. However, if that sounds good to you, you can also cook perch in a tomato or white sauce.

Here are a few delicious Italian recipes with perch to get you inspired.

  1. Pan cooked with cherry tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, oregano and garlic.
  2. Baked perch with cherry tomatoes, black olives, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Grilled perch served with a caper sauce.
  4. Baked fillet of perch with a medley of roasted vegetables and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Perch pasta with a tomato sauce made with olives, onion, chilli, basil and anchovies.


ingredients for parmesan crusted perch


Easy Parmesan Crusted Perch Recipe

Here’s the delicious parmesan crusted perch recipe I hinted at earlier. You’ll love how easy and quick it is to make, and then you’ll enjoy its flavourful taste.

Feel free to follow the recipe steps on your screen or print out the recipe card.

We are serving asparagus with ours, but you can serve it with a leafy salad, or both; you can of course choose you own vegetables, or serve it with another side dish. A potato salad would really pair well with this recipe. Here’s our potato salad from Puglia, if you’d like to make that.


lemon parmesan crusted perch

Lemon Parmesan Crusted Perch

Quick to make and so flavourful, this lemon parmesan crusted perch is going to become a favourite. You should try it.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 450 kcal


  • 1 baking dish
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 chopping knife
  • 1 teaspoon or tablespoon
  • kitchen foil


  • 1 large slice fresh perch
  • 5 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 20 gr grated parmesan 3/4 tablespoons
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper mix
  • salt and pepper
  • Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Novello EVOO

Side Dish

  • 1 bunch asparagus


  • Before you start preparing your fish, it's best you think about your side dishes. If you opted to make asparagus, clean it and boil it. Or you can steam it or roast it. If you are making a salad, you can do that while the fish cooks. I served mine with the asparagus and some steamed carrots and cauliflower, that I had cooked the day before.
    cooking asparagus
  • Peel, wash and mince your garlic. Put into a small bowl.
    peeling garlic
  • Add the lemon pepper to the minced garlic.
    lemon pepper seasoning
  • Add the breadcrumbs.
  • Grate the parmesan and add that too. Mix everything well.
    Tip: I prefer using a block of parmesan as it tastes much nicer and it lasts for weeks in the fridge. On the other hand, packed parmesan tends to go off in just a few days.
    grated parmigiano reggiano
  • Prepare your perch on a sheet of kitchen foil. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle some Belmorso EVOO.
  • Next, top with the flavourful mix in the bowl.
    topping perch with parmesan mix
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 to 25 minutes.
    parmesan crusted perch before baking
  • When ready, serve with your vegetables of choice. Buon appetito - tasty and healthy.
    baked parmesan crusted perch with asparagus


The calories above are for the fish portion only, and don't include any side dishes.
Keyword lemon, parmesan crusted, perch

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Can we eat leafy vegetables with fish?

Absolutely, that’s what Italians do. Insalata, or fresh leafy salad, is our favourite way to eat fish. We like to serve both baked, pan fried, and grilled fish with a side of salad and some artisan bread.

The most common salad leaves used are iceberg and rucola.

A delicious way to spice up your salad is to add sliced onion, cherry tomatoes, and lots of herbs like oregano.

Make sure you are also using a high quality extra virgin olive oil like our Belmorso.

If you are stumbling upon this recipe towards the end of the year, October-December, you’ll also be able to purchase our fresh Novello extra virgin olive oil. This is an exclusive EVOO imported fresh few days after it has been produced in Puglia, and it’s only available this time of the year. Check if it’s available here.


More Healthy Fish Dinner Ideas

If you liked this recipe, you’ll also want to check out these ones from the blog.

Fish Pasta Recipes

  1. Black Squid Spaghetti with Swordfish (recipe)
  2. Spaghetti with Cod and Turnip Tops
  3. Spicy Penne al Salmone (recipe)
  4. Lemon Fettucce with Smoked Salmon

black squid spaghetti fettucce al limone

Fish Main Courses Ideas

  1. Mediterranean Baked Salmon
  2. Baked Sea Bream from Puglia
  3. Poached Salmon

serving poached salmon with potato salad sea bream


Answering your questions: Is perch a good fish to eat?

Author: Alessia


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