Monday, June 11, 2012

Spicy Breading

In a quest to maintain my weight, I am eating "whole" foods that I prepare myself while pushing out processed foods.  I normally achieve this by cooking on Sundays and eating the left overs for lunch.  I am bucking the typical American diet of small breakfast, medium lunch and large dinner by inverting that.  It's the BREAKFAST LIKE A KING, LUNCH LIKE A PRINCE, DINNER LIKE A PAUPER plan.  I have lunch and dinner figured out but having a big breakfast is more like a decent breakfast and then a snack of trail mix a couple of hours later due to my lack of time and eating so early in the mornings.

Besides eating more fruits and vegetables I am eating more fish.  I bought a bag of individually frozen fillets (some type of white fish, I cannot remember which) and I baked the first batch.  Easy to do, healthy, but boring.  I saw this recipe for shrimp and decided the breading would be great on my fish.  Yes, it means frying which is not as healthy as baking but it would mean I enjoyed the taste.  I modified the shrimp version as below and pan fried in about 2 tbs of butter and 2 tbs of oil for 4 fillets over 2 batches.

Breading:

1 cup Flour 
1 teaspoon Onion Bits or Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 teaspoon Rosemary
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 tablespoon Kosher Salt 

Mix all of the above on a plate/platter and dredge fish on both sides.  Fry in the butter and oil for about 3 minutes per side, for a golden brown.  Make sure cooked through by testing if it is flaky before removing.  

This is also a great way to use up all your spices! 

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