WE HAVE ALREADY CONFIRMED that I am a complete slave to suggestion.
That being said, I have obviously passed way too many signs advertising all the delicious ‘FISH FRY DAY’ events around town.
I mean, earlier this week was macaroni and cheese, for god’s sake. If eating traditional Lenten fare was a requirement for observing it, I would be the greatest Catholic on earth. (As opposed to “not Catholic at all”, which is my regular status.) I BLAME THE FISH FRY SIGNS.
Then again, if there’s anyone who can deny the siren call of a crispy, crunchy, flaky fried filet o’ fish, please never introduce me. Because there is obviously something very wrong going on there.
BUT, as you might imagine, the usual panko-breading or beer-battering would not integrate especially well into a low-carb, grain-free, or gluten-free diet. So what now? No fish fries? WOULD I DO THAT TO YOU? You want a fish fry, you got a fish fry. No one gets denied anything ’round these parts. In fact, BONUS: let’s even make it pretty good for you.
Sizzling sounds left to your imagination.
It goes without saying that eating fish is a highly recommended source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and numerous vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. There’s a reason cod liver oil is a thing, and it’s not just to punish feisty young whipper-snappers.
But while we’re talking about ultra-nutritious additions to your diet, let’s talk about flaxseed. While the seeds from most plants provide a wealth of health benefits, flaxseed is uniquely fantastic:
- Since we’re already discussing omega-3, flaxseed wins bar none on providing an excellent plant-based source of the essential fatty acid. The primary omega-3 fatty acid in flaxseeds—alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA—can be helpful to the cardiovascular system by helping to prevent excessive inflammation and protecting the blood vessels from inflammatory damage.
- Flaxseed contains lignans, chemical compounds with antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed is considered to be one of the best sources of lignans (0.3 g per 100g).
- Flaxseed is rich in both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, helping to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels, as well as adding bulk to your digestive tract and keeping things moving along efficiently.
Well. And here we just wanted some fried fish. Side of antioxidant compounds included.
I opted to use golden flaxseed meal over brown purely because it was prettier. Brown and golden flaxseeds boast almost identical nutritional benefits, so feel free to use whatever’s most accessible to you.
After that it was a simple matter of adding in some savory grated parmesan cheese and a dash of colorful choice spices. Now we’ve got ourselves a ‘healthified’ fish fry! Hallelujah.
Healthier Fish Fry (low carb, gluten free)
Yields: Around 4 servings
1 pound skinless cod, cut into preferred size strips
2 large egg whites or about 1/4 cup egg whites
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ancho chili powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
Oil for frying (olive oil, avocado oil, etc)
In a shallow, wide bowl combine flaxseed meal, grated parmesan, and spices. Place egg whites in a separate bowl.
Heat oil (around 1/8 inch) in heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat.
Dip prepared cod strips into egg whites, and then dredge in flaxseed mixture, turning to coat pieces completely.
Fry fish in oil for about 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until fish flakes easily and has browned slightly on both sides. Remove fish from hot pan and serve immediately.