I always laugh thinking that a few short years ago I did not like fish….at all. Although, the funny thing really is that there are actually a lot of foods (and I mean a LOT of food) that I didn’t like growing up. Most of the food I didn’t like…was because I didn’t like them. I literally had no valid reason. I made the judgment and kept firm to it. Avocados were shunned in this way. Mushrooms too. Onions…yep, the poor lil’ old onion.
It usually takes one time when I have something that I “don’t like” in a way that I surprisingly do like it…and then I can’t get enough of the stuff. Avocados…it was in really good guacamole that got me. Mushrooms…my Dad’s sautéed mushrooms over a filet. Onions…caramelized onions. Need I say more?
For fish, it was the Chilean Seabass that brought me over from the dark side and made me a true fish lover! If you haven’t tried Chilean Seabass and you don’t like fish…this might be your “gateway” fish. So buttery…it just breaks apart with no effort at all. So good!
What Type of Fish to Use in this Keto Crusted Fish Recipe?
When I started to like fish, I came into a whole new world of possibility. I find, personally, that I love a mild, firm white fish the best. I love Haddock and Cod…Sole is great! All of those work really well in this recipe too. You can also use a flakier white fish like Flounder or Tilapia.
I like using a thinner filet for this Keto-friendly Almond Crusted fish recipe…about a 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick is perfect. If it’s a little thicker or thinner, no big deal. Depending on where you are in the United States or in the World, you’ll have different options of fish available. Just find one that you like and give it a shot. The only note I might make is that if you’re using a really thick piece of fish, perhaps only crust one side of the fish so that you can cook it on the crusted side until it comes to the perfect golden-brown color. Give it a flip and you’ll be able to cook it long enough on the non-crusted side to cook the fish completely.
How to Make Pan Fried Fish Keto Friendly
A traditional breading for pan-fried fish is flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Both flour and breadcrumbs are things you should stay away from on the Keto diet as they have a lot of carbohydrates in them. So instead, I substituted Coconut Flour and Almond Meal, respectively. Both of those are high in protein and fat and make for a great keto-friendly alternative. Not only that, but the toasty almonds bring such a novel, nutty taste to the fish.
On the Table in 20 Minutes or Less
One of the really nice things about this recipe is that you can have it on the table in 20 minutes or less. You can dredge the fish filets in less than 10 minutes. They cook up in about 4-8. Wilt some spinach with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a pan over medium heat in about 2 minutes. Garnish with a lemon and you’re good to go.
Whether or not you’re following a keto diet, I hope you’ll try this Keto Crusted Fish. Let me know what you think and leave a comment to let me know your favorite fish to use in this dish.
Keto Almond-Crusted Fish
SO WHAT YOU'RE GONNA NEED IS:
- 2 Tilapia Filets
- 1 Tablespoon Ghee
- 1 cup Almond Meal
- 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
- 1 Egg
- To taste Salt
- To taste Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
YOU'LL ALSO NEED:
- Frying Pan
- Three Plates
- Fish Spatula
- With a paper towel, pat the Fish Filets dry. Season both sides of the fish with Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder.
- Set up three dipping stations: 1. Coconut Flour; 2. Beaten Egg; 3. Almond Meal. Dip and cover both sides of the Fish Filet with Coconut Flour. Shake off excess. Dip Filets in beaten Egg and then the Almond Meal. Press Almond Meal into the Fish Filet to make sure it is thoroughly covered.
- In a frying pan over medium heat, add Ghee.
- Place Fish Filet into the melted Ghee. Cook until Golden Brown on the bottom of the fish. Then, flip. (Note: watch to make sure the Almonds do not burn.)
- Fishes cooking on the other side. (Note: it varies based on the thickness of the fish.)