Fish and chips is one of those British classics that have been brought to the U.S. by generations of British and Irish immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. The yummy takeaway meal consists of fried breaded fish in batter, served with French fries or other fried potato snacks. It may not be haute cuisine, but it’s deliciously satisfying. Unfortunately, it’s not the healthiest meal you could have. The typical fish n’ chips dish has around 700 calories and is high in sodium. It’s also a high cholesterol treat, which doesn’t make it a safe option for a lot of Americans. The quintessential seaside finger food can increase diabetes and blood pressure.
But, thankfully, there are healthy alternatives that are just as satisfying. If you want to indulge in breaded seafood, here are some tips to make it healthy and nutritious!
Bite sized fried food
What’s so appealing about fish n’ chips? Fans of the breaded delicacy love being able to eat without cutlery. It’s a simple setting. Some stores serve the dish wrapped in a newspaper with a small wooden fork. The idea is that you don’t need to dress the table and fish out your full set of plates, forks, and knives to have a meal. If you’re looking for a cholesterol-friendly alternative, you should have a look at this buffalo fried shrimp recipe that feels like the perfect finger food. Combine it with a plate of crunchy veggies and some dips, and you’ve got yourself a no cutlery meal. For parents, it’s an easy option to get kids to eat fish and veggies without complaining!
Coated, not breaded fish
Fried, breaded fish is exciting to eat because it comes with its own breaded crust. When you bite through the crunchy battered skin, you immediately find the tender and moist flesh underneath. It’s a lovely combination of textures! You can, however, produce a similar sensation with an oven-baked recipe. Ground almond and fresh herbs make a yummy crust for a fish. The nutty breadcrumbs keep the fish moist and punchy flavors. Why is a coated fish recipe healthy? It contains less unhealthy fat as it’s not deep-fried. Additionally, the recipe is low in carb, making it easier to digest and more nutritious. Combine it with a plate of sautéed vegetables for a fragrant punch.
Use an air fryer
Fried food is delicious, but it’s high in cholesterol fat. You can make frying light and healthy with an air fryer. Battered fish rolled in panko breadcrumbs produces superb results in an air fryer. Making your own batter means that you can control the ingredients. You can keep salt to a minimum and mix flavorsome spices and herbs into the batter instead. A mix of panko breadcrumbs – which are small and crunchy – and ground nuts is bound to produce the most satisfying crunch!
What about fries? You don’t have to skip the fries completely? You can replace them with nutritious alternatives that are air fryer friendly, such as sweet potato or zucchini.
Breaded seafood is comfort food that puts a smile on everybody’s face. Finding healthy alternatives that don’t compromise on taste and playfulness means that you can enjoy it more often. There are plenty of healthy ingredients in breaded fish. For a start, it means you can eat more fish, which is a lean protein that fills you with energy. Hopefully, these recipes can help you make fish n’ chips a healthy staple at home.
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