Pan Fried Perch on a Bed of Creamy Greens

It's like a boat of fish floating on a sea of greens

This is a great way to fancy up a quick dinner. The greens can be made ahead of time and reheated if necessary. Remember to choose a firm flesh and somewhat fishy flavored variety of sea creature like perch, sea bass, halibut or cod. The stronger fish flavor pairs very well with the smoky, creamy greens. Serve with mashed yams or baked grits.

Pan Fried Perch and Creamy Turnip Greens


  • 1 bunch turnip greens washed, center ribs removed and chopped roughly
  • 4 cups chicken stock/vegetable stock
  • 1 red onion chopped fine
  • 4 slices bacon chopped into small dice
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • Salt/pepper

In a large pot, fry bacon until fat is rendered and meat is crispy. Add onion to pan and saute until golden over low heat. Add greens and balsamic and cook until they begin to wilt, about two minutes scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of pan. Add stock and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium and simmer until reduced by half and greens are cooked, about 45 minutes. Pour contents into a blender and puree until smooth. The greens can be refrigerated at this point until ready to cook dinner. To finish, pour greens back into pan and add cream. Cook over medium heat until thickened, about 15 minutes. Spoon sauce onto plates and top with fish.


  • 1 lb perch fillets
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 tsp fresh nutmeg
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1 egg

Mix cornmeal, nutmeg, salt and pepper in one bowl. Beat egg and mix with white wine in another bowl. Place white flour in yet another bowl. Dredge each fish fillet in flour, then egg wash, then cornmeal. In a pan large enough to hold all the fillets in one layer heat two tablespoons olive oil and pan fry fish until done, about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve on top of greens.

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43 Responses to Pan Fried Perch on a Bed of Creamy Greens

  1. sallybr says:

    Oh, you got Phil swooning on this one! That is right up his alley, he grew up eating fried fish from lake Michigan, prepared more or less this way. Of course, the creamy bed of greens just makes it more amazing!

  2. I really love the creamy greens! What a great way to prepare Turnip Greens I must say and I think they would be very delicious with the fish. Great Combo.

  3. A_Boleyn says:

    Very attractive dish with the contrast of colours.

  4. Joanne Ozug says:

    YUM! I love perch and it looks so crispy and delicious!

  5. hotlyspiced says:

    I have never eaten turnip greens and I didn’t know you could. The turnips they sell here have all had their tops cut off. I might have to put in a complaint about that. What a great looking dinner. Love how some of it can be prepared ahead of schedule.

  6. Tandy says:

    I will have to try the turnip greens again as my first attempt was not too successful πŸ™‚

  7. Carolyn Chan says:

    What a great way to prepare and make greens delicious!

  8. Gorgeous and like others, we can´t get turnip greens here either 😦 Will have to use my chard instead!

  9. Mad Dog says:

    That’s very interesting – I looked at it and thought spinach or pesto. Great use of turnip greens πŸ˜‰

  10. You are making miss Michigan. I have not had perch since I was a little girl and we used to go ice fishing in Lake Erie. Loving the green just in time for St. Patty’s day.

  11. rutheh says:

    “Tis Fish Season around Pittsburgh so good timing. Never had creamy greens but I know I would like them if you made them for me!

  12. imakeeper says:

    this is a perfect recipe for lent… since I’m trying to eat fish on fridays! I can never get my fish to fry so nicely though- might be my breading technique. I’ll have to try this one!

  13. The creamy green looks like an Indian Chutney that they use it for snack items. Looks good.

  14. Jenni says:

    That looks really yummy!!

  15. Love it…”fancy up” a dinner. Looks good!

  16. Kristy says:

    I like the nutmeg in the breading. That sounds particularly good. πŸ™‚

  17. Courtney says:

    Hmmm, we’ve been looking for other ways to cook greens, and this sounds interesting – especially with the final addition of cream.

  18. I love perch! And look at that fancy plating πŸ™‚

  19. egg me on says:

    Wow, that’s some super fancy plating! I want to float on a sea of greens too. Looks great!

  20. billpeeler says:

    I would eat the hell out of that. Plain and simple.

  21. Looks perfect for St Patty’s Day:) Love the greens.. ours here are also chopped off before we see the turnip. I’ve got a country song about turnip greens though:) Looks yummy, love to flash fry a fish this evening:)

  22. Norma Chang says:

    Great way to get more people to eat and enjoy turnip green. Love your presentation.

  23. ....RaeDi says:

    Love it… the mix is incredible! The photo is so bright and beautiful! I can use all the fish recipes I can get!

  24. zestybeandog says:

    Loving the creamy greens!

  25. ChgoJohn says:

    Perch is so under-rated and I really do enjoy it.

  26. k.m. says:

    The creamy greens look really cool under the fish, kind of like a cross between creamed spinach and pesto in appearance. Can’t wait to try this idea out!

  27. The creamed greens made me think of creamed spinach my Mom used to make; that really takes me back. The fish looks delicious and tender.

  28. Purely.. Kay says:

    All you have to say is grits or turnip greens and I am there lol. But I will admit, I never had Perch before. I am just going to have to try this

  29. Christina says:

    I love your use of turnip greens in this recipe! Looks like a delicious pair! πŸ™‚

  30. koshercorvid says:

    I want to go have this for a second dinner now, please. I assume mustard greens or collards would substitute adequately?

  31. Love any kind of fish, add greens and you can’t beat this.

  32. Jessica says:

    Stylin’ dots! I caught a perch once when I was little, but can’t remember ever eating any.

  33. Charles says:

    I love the sound of those greens especially – especially with the bacon πŸ˜€

  34. I have a nice hunk of halibut in the freezer – this will be perfect to try!

  35. If we get out to do any more ice fishing for perch around here in the next month, I’m definitely going to try this! Looks great!

  36. spicegirlfla says:

    There is definitely some green love going on in this recipe!! Have you thought to add it to our Greenslove Bloghop? Its a fabulous dish!!

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  40. What a terrific, terrific idea. I will be trying something similar very soon!

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