One of our favorite things about crappie is that it can be prepared in a number of different ways with great results. Although deep frying is probably the most common way to cook crappie, it can also be sautéed in a frying pan to create a healthy, mouth-watering meal. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this great recipe for sautéed crappie with butter sauce courtesy of the folks over at the Sporting Chef.
First, combine the flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Mix well, and then dust the fish with this flour mixture. Next, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add your fish to the skillet and brown on one side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then, flip the fish and cook for another 2 minutes.
At this point, you can remove the fish and set it aside in your oven to keep it warm. Add the wine and lemon juice to the skillet, and stir to loosen any remaining fish bits in the pan. Reduce until there are just a few tablespoons of liquid left in the pan, and then add your basil and the rest of your chilled butter. Stir until the butter is melted, and remove from heat.
Finally, drizzle the butter sauce over your crappie fillets and serve! The Sporting Chef also suggests serving the fish with a side of avocado and tomato slices to round out the culinary experience. It’s a great-tasting meal that’s deceptively easy to make. Experiment with your own variations and let us know what you think!