Skip to Content

Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich

Tender and flaky on the inside and crunchy on the outside is what you get in this Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich recipe! Grab a toasted bun and tartar sauce, and don’t forget that cheese for the perfect lunch or dinner.

Panko Fish Sandwich

Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich

I think that fish is food that gets overlooked in a lot of homes. At least it did here. People are nervous about cooking it “wrong” or intimidated by it, or just aren’t super experienced preparing fresh fish.

I get it!

Fish can be a fairly spendy protein and BAD fish has a bad wrap for a good reason. Overcooked fish is not your friend.

You don’t have to be nervous though. You can make delicious fish sandwiches at home that don’t take a lot of work at all, and are SO easy that anyone can make them!

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.


Get the recipe via email and join our newsletter!

I consent to joining the free OrWhateverYouDo newsletter

Skip the frozen fish sticks and buy some fresh fish and let me help you to create that tender fish sandwich you always order at your favorite restaurant. Pair with some salty chips, fries, or even crisp veggies and you have one of my favorite dinners, ever.

Nothing is better than using fresh fish to create a sandwich. If you are not lucky enough to catch fresh fish, head on to the store and go to the counter and pick out some nice filets. They will work just as well for this recipe!

Crispy Panko Breaded Fish Sandwich

Easy Fish Sandwich Recipe

This is a traditional breaded and fried fish sandwich. You use a simple seasoned flour mixture, an egg wash, and panko breadcrumbs for a crispy crust that has the perfect crunch when fried. If you want to skip the bun, feel free! My homemade fish sandwich tastes just as good without. We just love a hearty sandwich in our home, but the choice is entirely up to you.

I’ve used this exact recipe for fish & chips before when I’m looking for more crunch than a beer batter will typically provide.

Crispy Panko Breaded Fish Sandwich

Sides To Serve With Your Fish Sandwiches 

Need help deciding what to make with your sandwich, here are some of our favorite side dishes to consider.

Greek Pasta Salad

How Do You Bread Fish Fillets With Breadcrumbs? 

Start by dipping your fish filets in your seasoned flour mixture, and tapping off any excess. Follow by dunking into your egg wash mixture, and then dip your fish in the panko-breadcrumbs and press down gently.

Your oil should be at 350°, and you’ll want to fry each filet until it is golden brown and the fish inside is flaky and white. This typically will take about 4-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the filet.

Crispy Panko Breaded Fish Sandwich

The process is straightforward to follow, and once you try making your fish fillets and see how easy it is, this recipe will become a must-have in your weekly meal plan.

Crispy Panko Breaded Fish Sandwich

What to Put On A Breaded Fish Sandwich

In our home, we reach for a good tartar sauce and cheese. If you have a homemade tartar sauce recipe, even better! You can do whatever you and your family enjoy. You could even slap on a slice of lettuce if you would like.

I even enjoy putting coleslaw on my sandwich! Where you live will depend on what you are used to seeing on a fish fillet sandwich at your local restaurants.

Coleslaw Recipe Vinegar

What’s the Secret To a Delicious Fish Sandwich?

Fish sandwiches are almost always tasty, just like a piece of pizza. Some are better than others, but you hardly ever run across a bad one.

What really makes or breaks things though is the crust.

This one has some seriously satisfying CRUNCH to it, so make sure and plan accordingly!

My basic seasoning mix for almost any meats I am cooking is a combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and herbs. Which herbs depend on what kind of meat I’m cooking, what I’m serving it with, and what kind of mood I’m in, but that’s the basics all of my always.

Crispy Panko Breaded Fish Sandwich-6

Slap on a toasted bun (another must), and you have one juicy sandwich waiting for you. The toasted bread adds a different flavor element and texture that completes the sandwich in my eyes.


Yield: 8 filets

Crispy Panko-Breaded Fish Sandwich

Crispy Panko Breaded Fish Sandwich

These crispy breaded fish sandwiches are coated in seasoned flour, an egg wash, and then seasoned panko breadcrumbs and fried until crispy and golden brown.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Flour Mixture

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Egg Wash

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  • 2 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs


  • 6 bun-sized whitefish filets
  • 6 buns
  • 6 slices cheese
  • tartar sauce


  • Oil for frying


  1. Combine the flour mixture in one container, mix well, and set aside.
  2. Beat together the egg wash and the milk, and set aside.
  3. Place the panko into a medium bowl, and line up the three bowls from the flour, egg, and panko, in that order.
  4. Take one of your fish filets and lightly coat in the flour. Next fully dip in the egg wash, and then right into the panko. Make sure the fish gets fully coated with panko.
  5. Fry in a deep fryer at 350 degrees, or in a pan over medium high heat. You want the fish to cook fully inside before becoming too brown on the outside. Use a thermometer for ideal results, or one of these awesome methods for testing oil temps without a gadget.
  6. Remove from oil, drain on a paper towel, and place onto your buns with the cheese and tartar.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 537Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 841mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 26g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

Love this recipe? Tell your friends!

Follow on Instagram for more!

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Skip to Recipe