This is the most popular way to prepare pan-ready sand dabs, and with good reason. It’s delicious. There are many variations on this recipe, and this one is admittedly basic, but I promise you that you will love it. There are all kinds of fancier ways to cook sand dabs, but if this is your first time eating them, do this.
Pan-fried Sand Dabs
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 pound pan-dressed Sand Dabs (The amount you will receive in a half share)
1/2 cup flour seasoned with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
¼ cup clarified butter
1. In a bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. Dredge each fish in the seasoned flour before dipping into the egg/milk mixture and rolling to coat in the bread crumbs.
2. In a large skillet, heat the clarified butter over a medium-high heat.
3. Cook the breaded sand dabs for 3-4 minutes per side. Reduce the heat if the pan begins smoking.
4. Serve immediately and garnish with the lemon wedges.
NOTE: Bones can be easily removed from pan-ready sand dabs after cooking. Information on that can be found here.