Porcini & Panko-Crusted Steelhead

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¼ cup panko breadcrumbs (see note), or regular dried breadcrumbs

1 to 2 tablespoons finely ground dried porcini mushrooms

12 to 16 ounces skinless steelhead fillets, or wild ocean-caught salmon fillets

1 tablespoon olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 


Combine the breadcrumbs and porcini in a shallow dish.


Remove any pinbones from the fillets then brush lightly with oil. Season fish with salt and pepper. Dredge the fillets in the breadcrumb-porcini mixture, pressing it into the fillets. Use light touches of additional oil on any uncoated place on the fillet to help the mixture stick.


Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a touch of oil to the hot skillet, then add the fish and sear until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Reduce the heat and continue cooking until the fish is done to your liking.


Note: Panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs) have a coarser, lighter texture than regular breadcrumbs. Look for them in the ethnic section of supermarkets, and in Asian markets. 

Serves 2

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