Last night after another awesome Primal Fitness Class we popped into Woolies to grab something for dinner (yes we still shop at big bad chain supermarkets.. we sometimes need to – don’t judge!) and I had the idea to make fish n chips. Partly because we love making crispy chips out of different veggies (very rarely potato, bit too inflammatory for us unfortunately) plus there were a few choices of wild-caught seafood on special at the Deli. Yay!
So we grabbed some beautiful flathead fillets (50% off, why not?!), a parsnip and a white-fleshed sweet potato to go with the orange sweet potato we had at home.
I’d been wanting to try using green banana flour (only my favourite ingredient in the world!) with fish to fry to see how it went… so I did!
It turned out brilliantly and alongside crispy baked veggie chips and a serve of lime aioli… dinner was sorted and pretty darn enjoyable (if I do say so myself <wink>!).
Here’s the recipe for you guys to make and enjoy it for yourselves!
PALEO FISH N CHIPS WITH LIME AIOLI
500g fresh wild-caught flathead fillets
1/4 cup green banana flour (Natural Evolution available here)
About 1/2 cup healthy oil/fat to fry and bake with (I used olive oil as it was on hand, but you can use ghee, coconut oil, rendered animal fat etc)
Juice of 1 small lime
Wedges of lime to garnish
1 cup organic cold-pressed olive oil (Coles organic variety is the nicest we’ve found so far for making aioli/mayo)
1 pastured egg
About 1 tbsp roast garlic puree or garlic powder (more or less depending on your taste)
Veggies for chips (I used a combo of parsnip, purple skin/white flesh sweet potato and orange sweet potato as they all crisp up pretty well) – use a mandolin or julienne slicer to cut evenly
Himalayan salt to taste
Tip: use a flat-based fry pan so the oil/fat covers evenly
- For the chips: Pre-heat oven to 180.
- Cut up the veggies to about 5cm long and only 1-2 mm thick then place them flat and close together on an oven tray lined with baking paper and a thin layer of oil/fat. You may need 2 oven trays depending on how many slices of veggies you have
- Use your fingers or a cooking brush to spread a thin layer of oil/fat over the top surface of each veggie to ensure each piece has a nice coating
- Sprinkle salt over the top then place in the oven. Keep an eye on them because your oven may not cook evenly and some chips may cook or burn before others, so place your timer on to remind you to check every 2 or so minutes. Shuffle chips around as you need so they cook evenly. Keep in mind… white-flesh sweet potato hardens before it looks like it’s crispy! So check doneness by tasting a piece for yourself!
- Once chips are cooked to your liking place them on paper towel to absorb excess fat then place onto plates or serving dish.
- Alternatively you could fry the chips in a large pan on the stove.
- For the fish: heat a non-stick fry pan on medium-high temp with oil/fat you’re using to fry in, ensuring there’s an even layer of a few millimeters for the fish to sit in. Keep some oil/fat aside for the cut the fillets to a smaller size if they’re quite large and came in a fork-shape when you bought them, then coat in banana flour and some salt. I don’t use egg mixture to coat first as I like just a thin layer of flour so the flavour doesn’t overpower the fish
- Place the fish in gently to avoid fat splashing on you and let one side brown slightly before turning over carefully with tongs to let the other side brown. If you notice the first piece of fish breaking as you try to move it that means it’s cooked through so try to keep the other fillets on the first side for less time than that one 🙂
- Place browned fish pieces onto a plate with paper towel to absorb excess fat then place on a plate or serving dish
- For the aioli: in a stick blender cup add the lime juice, the egg, a pinch of salt and the garlic then blitz on high for a couple of seconds to completely emulsify
- Ask someone to hold onto it for you or somehow secure it to your bench then with one hand holding the stick blender on high inside the cup, use your other hand to pour in the cup of olive oil
- Move the stick blender up and down a few times to get all the oil blended properly. It shouldn’t take long to have a thick and slightly green looking mixture
- Alternatively, if using a regular blender follow all steps except turn the speed to LOW and pour in the oil VERY SLOWLY to prevent the mixture from splitting
- Spoon into a serving bowl or place dollops onto plates alongside the fish and chips. Garnish with lime wedges and serve
- Remaining aioli can last in the fridge in a sealed jar or container for a week or more
You’re done and you now have a pretty healthy version of an old favourite takeaway dish! Enjoy 🙂
5 Things I’m Grateful For:
- all the yum foods I create and eat
- the 30 min of sunshine I had today to boost my immune system
- seeing mum this weekend for her birthday
- our event on Saturday for kids and adults, it’s going to be so fun!
- The Food Network on SBS.. lol