- ⅓ cup oat flour
- ¼ Paprika
- 1½ tbsp arrowroot starch
- ½ - 1½ tbsp cayenne pepper*
- 1½ tbsp dried basil
- 1½ tbsp dried oregano
- 1½ garlic flakes or powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- ¼ tsp Aztec sea salt
- For oat flour: place steel cut oats into a processor and pulse until very fine.
- Mix all ingredients together in a small container
- Rub onto fish before cooking.
There are a few people in my family who tell me they like to eat fish, which is great! But when I saw what they meant I thought… well that isn’t going to be good for you! They purchase the frozen fish that comes battered and is stored in a box. Who knows what is in that batter, certainly not good wholesome ingredients.
I thought, maybe I should come up with a batter that my family can use to replace that boxed stuff. So I made my way to the kitchen and put together a few things to try and test. I discovered that I really like the taste of oat flour so I began with that. Then I thought, those boxes usually have some sort of flavour printed on them: Lemon Pepper, Italian Style Breaded Fish or Spicy Lemon & Herb. That gave me the idea, instead of making it with plain old flour, starch, baking powder and frying it in oil, I will mix in some herbs and spices so that it gives more flavour.
I wanted to do something Italian but spicy and incorporate flavours that taste good with fish, so I combined all of those and came up with what you see above! The flour and starch is what makes it into a breaded batter, the spices give it a kick and the herbs give it flavour. If you are curious about the sea salt that I recommend, it is Aztec Sea Salt. I use only this because it is known as the healthiest salt in the world! It is very flavourful so you use less and it is hand processed and made with love Check it out!
I rubbed a generous amount of batter mix onto the fish that I was planning to fry (you can bake if you wish). Below is a picture of the fish with the rub that I placed into the fridge for 10 minutes to ‘harden’. It gets a little too flimsy and wet when it has been out for too long, this process helps the rub to stick to it better as well.
Tip: If you are pulling your fish out of your freezer, thaw it out in good time. Before you are ready to cook, take it out of the fridge for at least 10 minutes prior. When ready to prep, dab the fish with paper towel to soak up the extra water/ moisture from the fish.
At this point, I saw my homemade mayo in the fridge and thought, why not add some moisture to it and perhaps it will help the batter stick better. I took the fish out of the fridge, dipped it in a mix of homemade mayo (1 cup) and lemon juice from one lemon. I then rubbed more batter mix onto the fish and fried it right after.
You can skip this step if you wish. You would then take the fish out of the fridge, rub a little more batter mix on to it, and head straight to the frying pan.
Be sure to turn your frying pan on before you place the fish into the pan because you want it to be hot. I placed it at medium heat and used coconut oil, about 3 tablespoons. I really wanted to get that fried taste.
P.s. You can bake it if you prefer.
Once you place the fish in the pan with the already heated oil, you can leave it to cook for 4 minutes, flip then 4 more minutes. If you find that you need more time, try 2 more minutes on each side.
To Bake: Preheat oven to 450 F, place the fish on a pan pre-lined with foil and bake for 5 minutes per side or until desired crispiness has been achieved. If you are using the mayo and lemon step, you can wrap the foil around the fish and bake for 10 minutes total, or until desired crispiness has been achieved.
That is all folks! Once you are finished frying the fish, you can place it on a plate and serve it with your favourite sides. Today, I made it with some delicious Almond Sweet Potato Fries. If you want the sweet potato recipe, let me know below and I will be sure to post it on the blog soon!
Aztec Sea Salt: This is the only salt that I use in my kitchen! I love it and I really believe you will too!
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