Easy gluten free fish sticks you can make in minutes
I loved fish and chips as a kid, whenever I was at a restaurant with my parents I would always order them. It then became a habit for my mom to always cook them at home. She would just use the fish sticks that you can stick in the freezer and would be ready in minutes. As I’ve grown older I’ve unfortunately seen the reality of this meal I loved so much as a kid. The batter is loaded with sodium, salt and gluten and my stomach just can’t handle it the same way. Frozen fish is not as healthy as we believe it to be. Luckily I found this recipe that steers clear of gluten sodium and other harmful products found in frozen fish. It’s a perfect substitute that can save your health while keeping the taste.
Frozen Fish Sticks: The Risks
I bet you are not surprised when I say that frozen fish is unhealthy. Frozen fish is one of the ways that the food industry gives us everything we didn’t ask for. Because of the way that fish fingers are processed, nearly 70% of one fish stick is actually made up of bread crumbs. Even the best quality brands have the bread crumbs taking up more than half of the fish. I haven’t even gone into detail about the condition of the fish or the fryer that it’s cooked in and already we are getting more bread than fish. The industrial fryer is packed with oils that have been reused for hours. When oils are recycled in such high temperatures this damages the oils structures and becomes a huge health risk. This can range from weight gain to many forms of heart problems.
Solution: Homemade Fish Sticks
It’s simple. You know what you are using, you know how much you are using and you’re baking instead of frying! This recipe also removes the worry for gluten and sodium with coconut flour as the substitute. Making your own food is always the healthier solution. You reduce the fat content and still have the amazing fish with all the taste!
Republished with permission from blog.paleohacks.com.
Crispy Paleo Fish Sticks
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
- 2 – 6 ounce white fish fillets, thinly sliced (cod works well)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1/4 t onion powder
- 1/4 t cayenne pepper (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 T of coconut oil
For the Honey Mustard:
- 2 T raw honey
- 2 T Dijon mustard
1. Preheat oven to 350 ℉ and grease a baking sheet with coconut oil.
2. In a shallow dish, mix the almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Beat eggs gently in a shallow dish and dip the fish into the eggs. Transfer the fish to the almond flour and coat the fish with the mixture.
4. Carefully place fish on the baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until it’s golden brown and flakes easily with a fork.
5. While the fish sticks are baking, whisk together the honey and mustard until smooth. Serve with the fish sticks and enjoy!