Oven-"Fried" Fish Fillets



  1. Heat the oven to 450 F with a rack in the top third.
  2. Smear half of the butter on a baking sheet.
  3. While the oven heats, cut the fillets crosswise into 4 or 8 manageable pieces and put them in a bowl with the milk; let them soak for a few minutes.
  4. Put the bread crumbs on a plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. When the oven is hot, remove the fish from the milk and let some of the liquid drip off.
  6. While the fillets are still wet from the milk, dredge them on both sides in the bread crumbs, pressing them into the fish, then shaking off any excess.
  7. Transfer the fillets to the prepared pan and drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over the fish.
  8. Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake until the fish is crisp on the outside and tender and opaque on the inside, but not dry, 8 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
  9. Serve immediately with the lemon wedges.