Charlotte’s Panko Crusted Beaver Lake Bass

The best fish to cook is the one you caught.

Some of our favorite times together as a family are our adventures on the water with a rod and reel, testing our luck and hooking our lunch – or dinner.

On a recent trip to Northwest Arkansas, we reeled in our limit of a few healthy striped bass on Beaver Lake. Like fishing, preparing a meal together is more about shared quality time than the feast. But there’s something deeply satisfying about fulfilling the hunter and gatherer role.

Using only a few ingredients on hand and some substitutions, we cooked up this tasty and healthy batch of bass. Without lemon, Charlotte quickly grabbed a couple of tangerines to modify our recipe. And it worked! This recipe can be doubled, tripled or cut depending upon your tight lines and bent rods.

2 striped bass fillets
1 egg
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspooon dried oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup flour
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
garlic powder to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. First, toast the breadcrumbs. Add olive oil to a skillet, then add the bread crumbs. Toss to coat until the bread crumbs have soaked up all of the oil. Heat on medium-high until golden brown, and transfer to a plate.Panko
  3. Combine flour, salt & pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne in a bowl.Flour
  4. Beat egg together with lemon juice in a separate bowl.eggwash
  5. Rinse fillets and pat dry. Dredge in flour mixture, then egg & lemon juice mixture, and finally in breadcrumbs, patting to coat well.StripedBass
  6. Place coated fillets in a baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until temp reaches 145


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2 thoughts on “Charlotte’s Panko Crusted Beaver Lake Bass

  1. Couldn’t agree more. Coming up on our 20th Annual ” Rumble in the Rockies ” flyfishing trip. Henry’s Lake Idaho, Guild Ranch Wyoming, Delaney Buttes, Colorado doesn’t matter. It’s the friends and family on the water, in the kitchen and then by the fire that grounds us. Thanks again Amiko for sharing!


    1. Hi Tony!

      Thanks for your comment. I have never been fly fishing. I’ll have to try it one day. I think it’ll add a challenge, which is appealing to me. But agree with you. It is such a great time for bonding.

      Good times. Thanks for sharing!


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