The other night, I made myself (and Ben) gluten free fish and chips.
Because I couldn’t figure out what to have for dinner, and I had 30 minutes to go to the store…and fish sounded good tonight.
Now, I usually don’t buy fish because it’s expensive. I wish we could have fish all the time, but it just isn’t a cost effective meal plan. Case in point: I got steelhead fish because it was $5 a filet, and the salmon was $33 a filet. Granted the tilapia was $1 a filet…but that’s because it’s tilapia, and that’s a gross fish.
So, for $15 worth of fish, I was able to make a very nice meal of battered fish for the two of us…and that’s nice once in a while!
Now, having Celiac makes frying food a little tricky. Because you are either going to over-cook the dish, or end up with some gummy, sticky concoction that is hardly comfort food.
I have figured out how to fry fish like a normal person, and I am sharing this very very easy recipe with you, because everyone needs fish and chips every so often!
- Whatever fish you want. If you want to use $30 fish…you go on with your bad self! I like steelhead, personally, because it has a good meaty texture, good flavor and the bones are pretty easy to remove.
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1c Brown rice flour
- 1c Corn meal
- 1c Crisco
- Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder
I use Crisco for the oil because it is a very thin oil, and it fries crispier. It’s also a lot less greasy in the end.
So get out a large pan (such as a dutch oven, or a cast iron pan) and put 1 cup of Crisco in and turn it on med-high.
In the meantime, get 2 bowls out.
Mix 1 cup brown rice flour and 1 cup corn meal in one bowl.
Crack 2 eggs into the other bowl.
Dip your fish filets into the eggs, then dip into the flour/cornmeal, and place into pan.
Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Turn after 3 minutes of cooking, cook for another 3 minutes.
Take tongs and pick them up and place them onto a paper towel to soak up extra oil.
That’s about it!! It is a very easy and very satisfying dinner, especially for Celiacs.
If you want to make french fries:
Slice up some potatoes of your choice and toss them with a light coat of vegetable oil and spread them out on a cookie sheet.
Then, lightly sprinkle them with Seasoned Salt and black pepper.
Bake at 400F for about 40 minutes, or until the edges are nice and brown.
Gluten free fish and chips!