Grain-Free Fried Fish
Yesterday I got a text from my aunt. It read, “Are the animals lining up 2 x 2?” That sums up accurately how our week has gone. It has rained, rained, and then rained some more. Luckily we have not experienced much flooding, but the tanks and lakes are full.
Full waterways are good for the ranch. They provide plenty of fresh water for the wild animals, cattle, and horses. Full tanks also are fun to swim in or float on. Animals that call water home prefer full ponds versus dry ones. Fish especially want ample room to spread out and grow big.
Last week I described what great results my brother’s family experienced fishing on a beautiful, cold winter day here at the ranch. I also promised to give you my recipe for frying fish. The batter is light and crispy. It is also made without gluten, wheat, or grain.
Grain-Free Fried Fish
4 lbs of fish filet
2 cups of almond flour
1 tsp seasoning, like Tony Chachere
2 lg eggs, beaten
oil or lard
I like to make a work station. I have one pie plate with the beaten eggs. Another pie plate next to it with the almond flour and seasoning mixture. A large frying pan on the stove with hot oil. I also have a cooling rack sitting inside a cookie sheet lined with paper towels in a warm oven or warming drawer. This last step allows the pieces to drain excess oil, but more importantly stay warm until I am done frying all the fish.
Make sure your filets are dry. Dip into the egg coating all sides. Place into the flour mixture and again coat on all sides. Carefully put in hot oil for about 3 minutes. Turn and continue cooking on the other side for another 3 minutes. The batter will turn golden brown and the fish will be flaky when done. Place fried fish on cooling rack to drain and stay warm in oven.
Serve hot with homemade tartar sauce or cocktail sauce. We like to eat crunchy coleslaw along with the fish.
So even if you are watching your carbs or staying away from grains for other reasons, you can still enjoy fried fish. It is especially rewarding to eat when you know where the fish came from and how they were caught. No matter how carefully we filet the fish, some lucky person always finds a bone. Therefore, chew carefully.