Cooking low carb seafood results tasty, healthy meals


Compiled by Denise Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger

Sometimes we want to eat fish or seafood.

We think we cannot because it will mess up our low carb life style. Well, we can make healthy choices even with fish. Instead of frying, try broiling, baking, or grilling. Use lemon juice to heighten the taste.

When serving fish in stews or gumbos, serve it on cauliflower rice. Replace spaghetti with spaghetti squash. Just remember, with planning and moderation, a low carb life style is possible.

Low Carb Fried Fish. (3 carbs)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

24 ounces white fish (thin fillets of a firm, such as sole or cod)

1 cup almond flour

Avocado oil

In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried thyme. Dip each fish fillet into the egg mixture. Place it on a cutting board, and sprinkle both sides with the almond flour, 1/4 cup per fillet, pressing with your hands to help the coating adhere. This method works better than dredging the fish in the almond flour, because when dredging, the almond flour that remains in the bowl becomes soggy and sticky and pretty much useless. Pour avocado oil into a large nonstick frying pan, enough to reach about 1/2 inch high. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, 3-5 minutes. Carefully place the fillets in the pan (work in batches if necessary). Cook until bottom is golden brown and crisp, 3-4 minutes. Flip the fish. Lower heat to medium. Cook until crisp and cooked through, 3-4 more minutes.

Low Carb Lemon

Pepper Tilapia (1 carb)

4 tilapia fillets

4 tablespoons lemon zest (the zest of about 8 lemons)

1 tablespoon ground black pepper (fresh, I used a medium grind setting)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon celery seed

Combine all of the ingredients except the tilapia. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil over medium-high heat. Liberally season the tilapia on one side with the lemon pepper mixture and press the seasoning into the tilapia so that it sticks when cooking. Sear the tilapia, seasoned side down, for 2-3 minutes. Season the other side of the tilapia with the lemon pepper and flip to sear the other side, for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.

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