Living and Thriving Gluten Free

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Categories: Main Dishes - Fish    

This is a nice gluten free battered fish. It's made with rice flour instead of wheat flour.

Deep fried fish on an antique silver plate with sliced grape tomaotes
Image by: Greekfood-Tamystika

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 5 to 7 minutes Makes: 4 to 6 servings Difficulty: Medium

Gluten free Soy free

Serve it with a Simple Tartar Sauce and homemade fries, and you'll never know you're eating a limited diet!

When you have Celiac disease or choose to eat gluten free, there are a number of different food preparation techniques that you'll need to learn, so that you can properly create gluten free food at home. These are not really that special, it's mostly just learning some new habits.

At first, buying some of the different base ingredients can be a bit of a hunt, but once you have them, you'll know where to get them again.

Once you're used to these new ways of doing things, cooking gluten free is no more difficult than regular cooking.

Use all organic ingredients, and ensure any dried spices are labeled certified gluten free, and any packaged items, including the rice flour, is labeled gluten free.

Here's a listing of the things to be aware of to make fully gluten free (and additive free) deep fried fish.

Prep Notes:
  • Use oil in your deep fryer that is only used for gluten free foods. The oil can be filtered with cheese cloth or a very fine sieve, and stored in the fridge, and reused. Some people also recommend using a separate batch of oil for seafood, as some of the flavor of the seafood is transferred to the oil. If you do a lot of deep frying, you can have one batch for seafood, one for meats, and one for all other deep frying.
  • If you decide to make fries, to save time, you can use the same oil. Since this is a seafood dish, you likely won't notice that the seafood flavor transferred to the fries.
  • If you want to use Tartar Sauce, it's not recommended to use commercially prepared, as they virtually all contain varying quantities of unsafe ingredients for people eating gluten free, as well as a number of food additives that contribute to digestive upset. This is a simple and quick version that you can make yourself, and you can make just the amount you need that day - Simple Tartar Sauce.
1 1/2 cups Brown or white rice flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
3/4 to 1 cup Warm water
Dash Sea salt
Dash Pepper
1/4 cup Milk
1 to 2 pounds Cod or halibut, wild
Coconut oil or Homemade Lard for deep fryer
  • Combine 1 cup rice flour, baking soda, sea salt, pepper and water in a small bowl.
  • Add water a little at a time to ensure mixture gets to the perfect consistency. You don't want it to get too thick.
  • Pat fish completely dry.
  • Place milk in a shallow bowl. Place 1/2 cup rice flour in a separate shallow bowl or plate.
  • Prepare deep fryer and oil. Read the directions on the fryer, and use accordingly.
  • Dip fish into milk (dredge). Dip both sides of fish in rice flour. Then finally dip into the batter to fully coat.
  • Carefully place fish piece into deep fryer. Fry for about 5 minutes, or until a nice golden color.
  • Lay cooked fish on a rack, to allow excess oil to drip off.

Serve with Simple Tartar Sauce.


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