When Paul and I lived in Minneapolis, we were walking distance to one of the
thousand million lakes. This particular lake also had a little fish fry shack where you could get oysters, clams, fish, mussels, etc – you get it. We fell in love.
(Then we fell out of love, after taking 3YO Haley, and finding out they cook everything in peanut oil…because she couldn’t breathe. Worst day ever. And so began my life with epi-pens and a peanut-free house.)
Anyway, we tend not to eat fried food out anymore, OR at least now I know to ask what the food is fried in.
This homemade fish fry is reminiscent of those days – minus the death scare – and also using almond flour, instead of traditional breadcrumbs.
If you’ve never used almond flour, you need to start. I have a container of it in my pantry, mostly used for baked goods. But it was awesome as a nutty crust for this fish. Off the hook, friends.
Now, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a healthy dish, since it is fried in butter and oil. But for those eating gluten-free, this has your number. A simple slaw on the side, completes the meal.
Gluten-Free Fish Fry with Simple Slaw
- 4 cups finely shredded green cabbage
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil , divided
- 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups finely ground almond flour
- salt and pepper
- 4 6 ounce Barramundi or Tilapia fillets
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- mayo , lemon, and hot sauce for serving
- In a medium bowl, combine the cabbage, 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
- Beat eggs in a shallow bowl. Place almond flour in another large shallow bowl. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Coat the fish in the egg, then dredge in the almond flour. Cook until fish is browned and opaque in the center, about 3 minutes per side.
- Divide the slaw among plates; top with the fish. Serve with mayonnaise, lemon wedges, and hot sauce.
Reader Questions and Reviews
I made this with a batch of sunfish that was caught in one of our local lakes. I keep almond flour in my pantry and usually get it in bulk when its on sale. We loved your recipe and will make it again!
Happy to hear it! Nothing like fresh fish! Awesome.
Ok why have I never thought to use almond meal to fry fish? This is genius – I know my boys would love these. So scary about the nut allergy!!
Have BRM restock your pantry with some! And fry. all. the. things. ! HA.
Oh man, I would not have even thought to ask if they fry in peanut oil!! I feel like most people do actually. YIKES.
So, now I’m going to use almond flour to fry all the things. All thanks to you!!
Never thought of using flour other than the regular variety, but will definitely give this a try.
You’re making me rethink not having a POP container of almond flour in my pantry. Multiple uses.
YES. I first got turned onto it last year when I made thumbprint cookies with it, but damn, using it as a bread coating was killer.
I never thought to use almond flour for coating. That is such a great idea! And OMG, what a scary day. Not to know she’s allergic and then boom, you know. Makes me shudder!
Ya. It still makes me ill thinking about it, and that was 7 years ago!
oh boy! this might actually get my kids to eat fish! going to try it, thanks.
Yes, Monica! My kids, who aren’t fish lovers, inhaled this!
this sounds awesome.