There was cod waiting in my fridge for me, and I needed to do something with it quick. The fried fish craving all of a sudden hit, but since I can’t use flour, what was I to do?
I grabbed what little almond flour I had left
It was a great opportunity to try an experiment, too, because I didn’t have enough almond flour for the last fillet, so I also got to try it with coconut flour, and I think when I can, that is what I will be using — it was light and flavorful, but either worked beautifully.
Paleo Pan Fried Fish – serves 4
4 fillets of wild caught white fish – no skin
1 1/2 cups almond meal (also called almond flour) or coconut flour
1 tbsp. garam masala
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
oil for frying — ghee, bacon fat (I had bacon fat), lard, coconut oil
1. Heat up oil in a frying pan, put just enough in to coat the pan. Use a cast iron pan if you have it – on medium.
2. Set up two shallow casserole bowls next to each other. In one, beat the eggs. In the other, mix the flour, garam masala, sea salt, and garlic powder.
3. dip the fish fillet in the egg mixture on both sides, then dip it in the flour mixture on both sides, and put it in the pan. Repeat with 2nd fillet. (my pan is only big enough for two at a time)
4. Cook the fish 5-7 minutes on each side (cod is a heavier fish, so a lighter fish like tilapia will not take as long – but it might, because really what we are going for is a nice, golden brown coating).
5. Repeat with the other two fillets.
6. Serve with lemon and your choice of veggies, and enjoy!
If you are doubling or tripling the recipe, you can put the cooked fish on a platter and keep it in the oven on “warm” while you finish up with the others.