Breaded Salmon Fries Recipe


In Japan, Jack Mackerels are the most common fish for breaded deep fries. But in the United States, we can use salmon fillets for breaded fries. You can use any kind of salmon, as long as they are fresh. Other than salmon, tilapia can be used as well.

When you make this Japanese style breaded salmon, you need panko, Japanese style bread crumbs, which you can find at many American grocery stores. Also, the dark sauce over the salmon in the photo is called tonkatsu sosu, which is Worcestershire-like sauce to pour over breaded fries in Japan. If you can’t find it, you can substitute it with soy sauce, thousand island dressing, or mixture of mayo and ketchup.

Ingredients (for 3 servings)

  • 3 salmon fillets
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko or more
  • Vegetable oil to fry
  • Wedges of lemon for side
  • Sliced cabbage for side
  • Grape tomatoes for side
  • Tonkatsu sosu


On both sides of salmon fillet, sprinkle salt and pepper liberally. Break an egg in a small bowl, add 1 tbsp water and mix. Flour and panko should be in separate shallow plates.
First, dust salmon fillet with flour to coat it completely. Then drop the dusted salmon fillet into the egg bowl to coat it well. Next, move the salmon from the egg bowl into panko. Press firmly to over all sides of the salmon with panko.
Pour about 1/2" to 3/4" of vegetable oil in a pan, and heat. To know temperature, drop flakes of panko into the oil. If the panko sinks to the bottom and rise up quickly with bubbles, it's the right temperature. If the panko flakes took time to rise up to the surface, the oil temperature is too low. If the panko flakes didn't sink at all, the temperature is too high.

Drop the salmon fillets in the oil carefully. Fry about 2~3 minutes one side or until the surface color change to nice golden color. Then flip to another side carefully, and cook another 2 minutes or so. Pick up the salmon from the oil and rest on paper towel to remove excess oil.

Serve hot with sliced cabbage with wedged lemon.

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