Monday, November 8, 2010

Yummy, healthy Southern-style fried catfish!

     If you are anything like me, you grew up eating things that are basically taboo in the new age.  With me, one of those items was fried catfish.  I don't care how much I like baked or broiled catfish, I still crave the wonderful flavor of good old fashioned fried catfish dredged in cornmeal (very Southern).  So I set out to make a fried catfish that would not break the calorie bank, so to speak, or make me feel guilty about eating unhealthy.

     Back in the day, people fried in lard.  Yuk!  That was even before my day.  In my day, it was vegetable, usually Crisco, corn oil.  So, the first thing I did was change the oil.  I used organic grapeseed oil.  Organic sunflower oil works well too.

     The next problem was the cornmeal.  Now cornmeal isn't bad for you.  It has some fiber in it and not too many calories as far as breading goes.  But I wanted something more nutritious without losing that flavor and texture.  So I took oatmeal, flax seed, almonds and pecans, ground them together and mixed them with my cornmeal.  It gave the dish a considerable amount of fiber and nutrition, added remarkable flavor, and I still enjoyed the texture and cornmeal taste of my childhood memories.

     With the added fiber, this fish goes a long way.  I added a baked potato with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter, and a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt (see HimalaSalt.com), along with a great salad.

     Now I enjoy my old favorite and smile, knowing I'm getting the nutrition and fiber I need, and it doesn't screw up my future plans of being the first 100-year old blond bombshell at the nursing home.   =:op

1 comment:

  1. I love your healthier version of the fried catfish.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this fried catfish widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about it, Thanks!

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