French-Fried Onion Fillets

French-Fried Onion Fillets
Everybody loves “catch of the day” but nobody wants to be stuck in the kitchen after a long day of fishing. This is an easy-to-prepare recipe for tasty and crunchy fillets without frying. Prep time is less than 30 minutes which means a delicious seafood dinner can be whipped up in a jiffy. Don’t be bashful with the French-fried onions, the quantities specified are simply a guideline; more is better if you love onion flavor and lots of crunch.


2-pounds of your favorite fillets (speckled trout, redfish, flounder, snapper, dorado, even shark)
1-cup ranch dressing (full flavor or light not fat-free)
2 1/2-cups French-fried onions
Non-stick cooking spray

Trim all dark flesh from fillets and check for small bones, if fillets are thicker than one-inch slice lengthwise, cut into pieces not longer than four inches. Preheat oven to 400-degees. Spray baking sheet lightly with high-temperature nonstick spray. Crumble French-fried onions and distribute half evenly on baking sheet. Dredge fillets in ranch dressing and place atop crumbled onions. Sprinkle remainder of crumbled onions evenly on fillets. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until thickest pieces flake easily with fork. Check often; do not overcook.

Serving suggestion:
Great with rice pilaf or baked potato, roasted veggies and green salad.
Serves four adults.