Hello there galley friends. Today I have a recipe for you that is easy to throw together, make ahead  with what you have in your pantry and it’s versatile.

Easy and uncomplicated is my day to day focus and I do love pantry diving whenever possible..especially with that dreaded virus still among us.  I still haven’t been in a grocery store since last March.  Truth!

I don’t do a lot of self care stuff…you know…hair and nails…spa treatments.  I was told recently that it’s important but it’s just not me.  So when this pandemic hit last March I decided to do curb-side pick up whenever possible and guess what, I found my thing.  It’s like having my own personal shopper and a big bonus I spend less…quite a bit less some weeks.  I even found a farmers’ market and fresh fish delivery service in our area. Orders are placed online. Some lovely person prepares my order for me and I pick it up, all safe and contactless at a prearranged time.  Makes me feel all princess-ish and special.

So back to my easy recipe.  Jana, one of my readers send it in and said she takes it on camping trips a lot. So with our new RV life coming up soon-ish (maybe we’ll have our little RED II here sometime in March…SQUEE!!!), I jumped on this one to try out.

Coating Mix

The mix as I said, uses pantry items, bread crumbs, some parmesan cheese and basic seasonings.  It can be used on chicken, fish, pork.  I even used it to coat burgers to give them an extra bit of crunch and flavour and most recently I coated some potato cakes.

Potato Cakes

Spices can be changed up too but the base works well as a neutral pallet.  For the fish, I added some grated lemon peel and dill. For the chicken, I added a little tarragon one time them with my latest trial I marinated the chicken in feta brine then added a little  rosemary, oregano and basil for a touch of Greek. I imagine it could even work on veggies but I haven’t tried that yet.

Greek Chicken Nuggets

But the best part of this was the execution. Usually coating or breading requires one bowl for flour, one for eggs and another for some sort of crumb mixture.  Wonderful result for sure but to me that’s three bowls too many.  For this I press the mixture directly on the moist meat or fish, front and back, then let it hang out together for a few minutes.  No heavy batter , just a light crispy coating which I think might be a healthier option. You can also do a shake and bake thing with a food baggy but I’ve been trying my best to cut back on plastic use.  F’s fave was the fish…light crunchy bites, moist and perfectly cooked in minutes.


Thanks Jana for sending this recipe.  In my favourite recipe vault for sure and I can’t wait to try it  our on the road this year

Jana’s Coating Mix

  • 3/4 cups panko crumbs (*see Galley Kat Notes below)
  • 3/4 cups grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp corn meal
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp all vegetable shortening
  1. Combine all ingredients and store in cool dry place until ready to use

I found that panko gives a crumblier result but if you prefer a more refined finish use a fine dried bread crumb.

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