How To Cook Whiting Fillets With Skin

Cooked Whiting Fillets With Skin

Whiting fillets with the skin makes a delicious and nutritious dinner. You can achieve the perfect, crispy-skinned restaurant texture with a few simple tips and techniques. Keep reading to learn how to cook whiting fillets with skin.


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Is Whiting Good For You?

Yes! Whiting is high in vitamin B, magnesium, and protein. In a quarter-pound portion, there are 90 calories, 18 grams of protein, and about 1 gram of fat in the whiting (which is about the size of an average fillet).


How Does White Fish Taste?

The whiting has a light, firm, lean meat with a sweet, delicate flavor. Whitefish and cod, both members of the Gadded family, have a similar flavor profile. This fish is rich in protein and B vitamins and a delicious addition to any dinner table.


Where Are Whiting Fish Caught?

Merlangius merlangus is the scientific name for the fish traditionally known as “whiting” in English. It is a member of the family Gadidae. These species are found on Britain’s east coast in the eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean, and North Sea. It is also known as English whiting in the US.


Can You Eat The Skin Of Whiting?

The fish’s skin can typically be eaten if it has been well-cleaned and all external scales have been removed.


Why Do You Keep The Skin On Your Fish?

First and foremost, skin is delectable! If you’re grilling or pan-searing fish, keep the skin on since it acts as a barrier between the fish’s flesh and the pan’s heat. Begin by placing the skin-side down and allowing it to crisp.


Is Fish Skin Healthy?

The fish’s skin is a healthy part of the fish. It has the same nutrients as the meat of the fish; therefore, cooking the fish this way prevents the loss of nutrients. Fish nutrients have a long list of health benefits, including heart and skin support.


What Other Fish Can Be Compared To Whiting?

Cod is similar to whiting and hake, but it is larger. It is probably my favorite fish for frying because it has big, delicate flakes that split cleanly, a good combination of softness and structure, a mild to Swedish flavor, and it stays moist also after a long cooking process.


Is It True That Whiting Fish Have Bones?

Yes, bones can be found in whiting fish. These fish, which are small and delicate, have a sweet flavor and a delicate texture. While they may include bones, they are easily removed.


Is There A Lot Of Mercury In Whiting Fish?

According to the FDA, whiting fish is mercury-free and safe to eat twice or three times each week. Check for any fish warnings in the region if you’re catching the fish yourself.


How Long Can You Marinate Fish?

Fish should not be marinated in the refrigerator overnight. When you marinate fish for too long, it becomes mushy and falls apart. Marinate the fish for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator.


What Is The Most Affordable Fish To Eat?

Cooking white-fleshed fish is easy, affordable, and mild-tasting. It also cooks quickly and absorbs any sauce or herbs you use. All white fish is good, but cod, tilapia, and haddock are some of the most popular. Catfish, grouper, and bass are also good.


How To Cook Whiting Fillets With Skin

Whiting Fillets Cooked With Skin

Grilled, baked, pan-fried, broiled, deep-fried, steamed, poached, roasted, and even marinated are all good options, but I use the pan-fried method.


For Fish

  • 4 whiting fillets(with skin), about a half-pound each
  • Salt
  • Freshly-ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

For Butter Sauce

  • 4 tbsp. dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp. cream
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, diced
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
  • 1/2 cup of shallots, peeled and very finely chopped


  1. Season the whiting fillet with pepper and salt.
  2. Heat a frying pan. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and stir.
  3. Cook the fillets for 3-4 minutes with skin side down until the skin is crisp.
  4. Cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side.

You can make it with butter sauce for more taste!

For making butter sauce:

  1. Bring the shallots, white wine, and water to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Allow it to decrease to a fourth of its original volume.
  2. Boil for 1 minute after adding the cream.
  3. Add all the butter to the pot and turn down the heat. Stir rapidly until the sauce is smooth and silky – do not allow the sauce to boil, or it may separate. Then take the pan off the heat, season it, and keep warm.


Serving Suggestions

On the serving dish, place the whiting fillets and pour sauce over them. Serve with a watercress salad and potato wedges.


Cook’s Note

  • Gently press down for approximately 20 seconds with a spatula to prevent the fillet skin from curling.
  • As your fish pieces cook, keep an eye on them. Because whiting are so small and thin, they can quickly burn.
  • Tilapia can be substituted for the whiting in this recipe.
  • Butter can be substituted for oil.


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Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.