Battered Cod – Real Food Version


I picked up some wild caught fresh cod the other day and didn’t really know what I was going to do with it, but I thought I’d try adapting a recipe to use all real foods. I read over the breaded whitefish recipe in Nourishing Traditions, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I’m not that experienced with fish dishes, but I know I’ve previously liked recipes with a batter. I found a traditional Scottish fish and chips recipe but there were no measurements!! Oh, yeah. Just my kind of recipe! I guessed my way through it and had a little fun along the way. It turned out great! I ate it, my husband ate a LOT of it and our youngest said of the brown rice, cauliflower and fish on his plate, the fish was his favorite.

So here’s how I adapted it to include real food ingredients and techniques.

I used about a cup of spelt flour, about 1 tsp Real Salt and a dash of pepper. I ‘sifted’ those together with a fork until mixed well and added enough water to make a thick pancake type batter. I let this sit while I prepared the rest of dinner so the flour would soak for a while. You could do this in the morning and leave it all day to soak. When I was ready to cook the fish, I added 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar that is supposed to make it crispier and stirred it all up. Instead of the deep fryer method I went back to the breaded recipe in Nourishing Traditions and heated up a griddle over two gas burners to about medium and melted 2 tbsp of cultured butter and 2 tbsp of coconut oil until hot (batter will sizzle). Then I dipped 2″ x 4″ strips of cod into the batter and placed them on the griddle, turning once at about 4 minutes and leaving them for another 4 or 5 until done.

Crispy and tender battered cod with not a lot of fuss or ingredients! I actually enjoyed fish! YAY for real nutrition that tastes great!

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