any small fish that can be fried whole in a pan
nounpanfish, or pan·fish·es
A fish small enough to be fried whole in a pan.
intransitive verbpan·fished, pan·fish·ing, pan·fish·es
To fish for panfish.
(plural panfishes or panfish)
- fish that are suitable for cooking in a frying pan by virtue both of size and taste; panfish are caught primarily for eating, rather than for sport