Hamburger Pannfisch (Pan Fish) Recipe

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Here I show you my Hamburger Pannfisch recipe. This fish dish is easy to make and tastes delicious. Step-by-step photos accompany you in the kitchen.

The classic of northern German cuisine usually comes to the table with potatoes and mustard sauce. I like fish from the pan with brown butter and I like to eat rice with it. Turning fish fillets in flour before frying has a big advantage: the fillets are smoother to prepare, don’t fall apart so easily, remain stable and juicy on the inside.

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1. Shopping List for Hamburger Pannfisch

It’s easier at the fish market in Hamburg, but on the mainland you need a good fishmonger or reach into the freezer. Depending on what’s available at the market, you can buy herring fillets (=green, fresh herring), cod fillets, plaice fillets, coalfish, haddock, flounder and sole. Only fish fillets come into question for the original Hamburg fish dish!

After these thoughts on variations, we come to the shopping list. I have added information on side dishes and sauces!

Ingredient list for 2 people:

Side dishes: Get potatoes or serve the fish with baguette.
Sauce: You can prepare brown butter or use a Mustard sauce.

This list should make your shopping cart rally easier. See you in the kitchen in a minute!

Another little hint: Elsewhere I have made a similar dish with salmon. Pan Fish with Parsnip Puree is a nice variation and is just as easy to make.

Halibut fillets
Halibut fillets are optimal for pan fish.

2. Recipe Hamburger Pannfisch

Here are the instructions with step by step photos, have fun and success in the kitchen!

Hamburger Pannfisch (Pan Fish)

Instructions with tips from chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 884
Total Time 35 Min.
Preparation Time 20 Min.
Cook Time 15 Min.

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Hamburger panfish recipe picture
Pan fish when frying in the pan.



4 pc Halibut fillets
1 pc Lemon (Optional)
2 pinches Salt (I use Himalayan salt!)
1 pinches Pepper (I use white pepper here!)
4 tbsp flour
1 tbsp Sunflower oil (or rapeseed oil)
5 twigs thyme

Side dishes and sauce

2 Portions Fried potatoes
2 Portions Mustard sauce
200 g butter (Optional brown butter)


Side dishes and sauce

fried potatoes
Fried potatoes here with onions and diced tomatoes are a delicious side dish. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

Prepare potatoes

Prepare potatoes as a side dish, you can prepare parsley potatoes, simple jacked potatoes or fried potatoes.

Bright sauce
light sauce as a sauce base

Prepare sauce

Prepare a fine mustard sauce, if time does not permit, serve the fried fish with brown butter.

Nut butter in a bowl.
Ready-made nut butter, recognizable by its brown color.

Prepare butter

For the butter sauce, bring the butter to the boil in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove the foam, brown slightly, then strain without suspended particles and keep warm to serve.

Fry fish

sifted flour
sifted flour in a bowl.

Sift flour

Place the sifted flour in a bowl or on a plate.

Heat a pan on the cooker.

Halibut fillets
Prepared halibut fillets

Prepare Fish

Wash the fish fillets under cold water and dry them.

Portion the fillets and season with salt and pepper.

Optionally, acidify the fillets with lemon juice.

Fish fillet in flour
To fry the fish fillet in flour.

Flour fish

Dredge both sides of the fish fillets in flour and place immediately ready for frying.

Hamburger panfish recipe picture
Pan fish when frying in the pan.

Fry fish

Fry the fish fillets in oil and brown on both sides.

I like to add some garlic and thyme to the pan and baste the fish pieces with the hot and aromatic oil.

Arrange the pan-fried fish with the garnishes and sauce and serve.

Enjoy your meal!


3. Calories and Nutritional Values

4. More Ideas for Fish

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