Getting kids interested in eating fish can be tricky, but mild white fish covered in a crunchy parmesan crust is one dish anyone can get excited about. Created by !Hola! Jalapeño, this is a perfect starter recipe if you are just introducing your little ones to fish. With just a few simple ingredients you can serve a healthy, tasty dinner….and watch it disappear.

4 (6oz) fresh white fish fillets, such as tilapia, halibut, or cod
1 lemon or lime, cut in half
1/2 c whole wheat panko
1/4 c grated Parmesan
2 tbsp butter

1. Squeeze the lemon or lime over both sides of the fish fillets and season the fish with salt.

2. Combine the panko and Parmesan in a small bowl and sprinkle over both sides of the fish, generously coating the fish all over. Press the Parmesan mixture into the fish so it sticks.

3. Heat butter over medium heat in a non-stick frying pan. Once melted and foaming, add fish in a single layer (you may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan). Cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until the crust is golden brown and fish is firm to the touch.

Kate from !Hola! Jalapeño is a chef, cookbook editor, and food writer who strives everyday to make meals her whole family will eat—with a couple of picky eaters in the house that is no easy feat. You can follow her cooking triumphs at

recipe courtesy of Kate at !Hola! Jalapeño, photo courtesy of AmazingAlmonds