Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fried Perch with Almond Crust

We really like fried fish over here.  One of my hubby's favorite meals is fish & chips, and would choose that over almost anything.  My sis-in-law Juliet introduced me to this gluten-free style, and I like it best this way, not just b/c I can't have the other, but I think it crisps up nice and has a GREAT flavor.  Super easy & quick!

Also, frying doesn't have to be bad for you, as long as you use the right oil.  I quoted an article that explains this a bit:

"Sautéing, Stir-frying and Deep-frying — Coconut oil can withstand cooking temperature of up to 350 °F (177 °C) without breaking down into toxic substances or releasing free radicals due to its very stable saturated fat structure. Basically, you can cook anything and in any way you want with coconut oil as long as you don't overheat it.
No matter what kind of oil, once overheated, will produce toxic by-products that can cause cancers. How do you know if you've overheated the oil? Look out for this telltale sign - it starts to smoke.
Also, foods deep-fried in it don't absorb as much oil as in other vegetable oils. So, you don't have to worry about ingesting excessive coconut oil that may turn into your fat deposits and leave an oily aftertaste when reaping its health benefits."  -

Also another website I follow:

1 egg, beaten
1 cup almond meal (I get from Trader Joes, or you could make your own by pouring raw almonds in a blender    and blending until fine)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
5 perch fillets
1/4 cup coconut oil

Pour beaten egg on a plate.  Mix almond meal with salt, pepper, garlic powder, pour mixture on a separate plate. Heat coconut oil in skillet at medium heat.  Dip perch in egg, coating both sides.  Next place fish in almond meal mixture, flipping to cover both sides.  Place in pan, fry for about 5 minutes on both sides until slightly browned & slightly crispy.  Keep fish on plate in the oven at 250 degrees until you finish frying up the whole batch.  Enjoy!!

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