The key is finding the right lemon pepper. Read the ingredient list carefully for all Lemon Pepper is not created equal. Even the Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper that I use on my sea scallops contains a myriad of unnecessary ingredients to be honest. But, it all seems to work with the Saffron Sauce I lavish upon them.
Sturgeon truly benefits from simplicity, in my humble opinion. Thus it is imperative that your lemon pepper contain nothing much more than Lemon Rind and Black Pepper. Maybe a little onion, lemon oil or salt, but those should be at the end of the ingredient list. No cumin, thyme, rosemary, turmeric, coriander, celery seed, carrot powder, or a partridge in a pear tree.
If you are worried about your dinner not being "exciting" enough, simply serve with a Meyer Lemon Risotto and some Oven Roasted Asparagus and you'll be good to go. You will have more flavor components on the plate, yet keep the sturgeon in as pristine a condition as possible.
This recipe is for 6 slices off of the fillet, basically enough for 3 people at 2 slices each. Feel free to scale it up as needed.
Sturgeon alla Dad
3/4 cup Lightly Salted Saltine Crackers, crushed (You may use Panko, slightly crushed, but toss it with a pinch of salt)
1 Large Egg
1 tsp Water
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
6 Slices of White Sturgeon Fillet
1-2 TB Olive Oil
Crush the saltine crackers in a zip lock bag.
Whisk the Egg with Water and Lemon Pepper.
Set up your dredging station.
Dip each slice of fillet in the egg mixture.
Be sure to allow the excess to drip off for about 10-20 seconds.
Lay the fillet in the crushed Saltine crumbs, tossing to coat.
Set on a plate and repeat with the remaining slices.
Heat 1 TB Olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Heat oven to it's lowest setting, 150-175 degrees.
Lay the fish in the hot oil and "saute" until golden before turning; about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes depending on the size of your fish (I am saying saute, cause you are not using enough oil to "fry" the fish)
When the second side is golden,
remove the fish from the skillet and place on a rimmed sheet pan, then move to the preheated oven to keep it warm for up to 15 minutes while completing the remainder of your meal.
Serve with Lemon Risotto, or better yet Meyer Lemon Risotto and Oven Roasted Asparagus.
Simple, Elegant, Delicious! Fresh fish at it's best.