Healthier Alternatives to Frying Seafood
We are all looking for ways to make the foods we love healthier. Finding alternatives to deep fried seafood may seem tricky at first, but, with a little clever culinary maneuvering, we can make equally delicious options without all those harmful fats. Read on for our favorite hacks and frying alternatives.
Air Frying Seafood
Air Fryers are all the rage nowadays. Despite the name, air fryers don’t actually fry. Ingredients are place in a perforated basket and hot air circulates around the food browning and crisping. These fantastic appliances are a great way to get the feeling of ‘fried’ without all the oil needed when deep frying.
Breaded (not battered, wet batters tend to drip through the perforations in the basket, creating more of a mess than crunch) seafood is best for the Air Fryer. Crisping and browning all your seafood goodies nicely.
We’ve added some of our all time favorite Air Frying seafood recipes.
This highly rated Air Fryer Fried Shrimp recipe from the Food Network has all the crunch of traditionally deep fried shrimp (as well as a very tasty remoulade sauce for dipping). Stock up on Fresh Shrimp HERE before you make this recipe.
Nutty Crusts for Crunch
An excellent way to add crunch without the calories is by using nuts! These crispy coatings give the illusion of deep fat frying, even those most of these recipe suggestions are baked.
All nuts are welcome, and depending on the seafood used, add spectacular flavor. Crushed into a semi-fine powder, nuts take on the role of a bread crumb coating and can often be paired with crunchy crumbs for added effect.
Here are some of our favorite recipes…
Crisping in the Oven
The oven is probably the easiest and most user-friendly frying alternative cooking method ~and a fan favorite. The trick (even if it is not stated in these recipe examples) is placing your breaded seafood on a wire rack lined-baking sheet (to allow for better air flow).
One of our other handy hacks is using a bit ‘unconventional’ breading. Something with a little bit more crunch like; Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, crackers, pretzels or shredded un-sweetened coconut. Crushed up finely, all of these alt-crumbs work spectacularly with seafood.
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About the author
Patterson Watkins is a professional chef with over 17 years of experience. With a robust career in restaurants, contract dining and catering (including 4 Summer Olympic posts preparing food for the athletes!) Patterson joined the Cameron’s Seafood team at the end of 2018 to concoct some delicious recipes with our premium seafood items as the centerpiece.