Healthy and Sane

Can fried food be healthy?

April 29th, 2011 · 20 Comments · favorite recipes, fish, side dishes

Not all fried food is created equal. Tonight I was on a mission to make fish and chips. I wanted REAL fried fish instead of the baked variety and with a little help from Cooking Light I learned that it can still be a healthful choice.


You need the right batter than will not absorb too much oil and the oil needs to be at the perfect temperature (too low and the fish would absorb too much oil, too high and it will burn on the outside before cooking on the inside). 375* is usually the sweet spot. Get your food thermometers out!

I used this recipe for fried catfish (using halibut instead) and it was incredible!! I loved not only the taste of the cornmeal crust but also the crunchy texture).


The fish was perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Not one bit greasy. Amazing!

My weird obsession with frying food just got stronger. Something about the oil bubbles… they mesmerize me and make me giddy. I don’t know… Rolling on the floor laughing


Baked truffle fries didn’t hurt either Winking smile [Coat sliced potatoes in EVOO and dried thyme, bake at 450* for 10 minutes, finish with a drizzle of truffle oil.]


Healthy-ish fish and chips. Mission accomplished!

Have you ever deep fried anything? I want more bubbles. 😆


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20 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    This does look delicious! I’ve actually never done any frying on my own, it kind of intimidates me!

    • #2 - Elina

      It’s not scary. I promise! I’m not going to become this giant proponent of fried food… but I think it’s good to face your fears. Very delicious for sure :)

  • #3 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    I’ve attempted deep frying at home only once, and it was a complete fail! Coincidentally, it was fish and chips that I tried to make – but without a recipe – and I think the oil temperature was too low. Yours came out beautifully well!

    • #4 - Elina

      Yeah, the oil can be temperamental. Mine went up too fast so it actually took me a while to get it just right… but it was so worth it at the end. You should definitely give it another go some day. It’s weirdly fun… as if I haven’t made it clear already. lol

  • #5 - Kathy

    That looks delicious Elina!!

  • #6 - Alicia at Poise in Parma

    I haven’t fried anything in a long time, but I used to love making chicken nuggets at home.

    LOVE the idea for truffle fries – will have to try that very soon!

  • #7 - Michelle

    I’m not the biggest fan of fried food and usually go with the baked alternative but I did promise Bret that I’d make him fried chicken someday!

    • #8 - Elina

      I’m usually not a fan of fried food either… but once in a while when it’s made right – I love that crisp crust that you just can’t get from baking! This was a really great recipe.

  • #9 - MelissaNibbles

    Yum! Fry it up baby!

  • #10 - Kim

    I usually try to find the flattest areas to run as well, but I’m running the SF marathon in July so hill training is 100% necessary! Good luck in your long run this weekend!

    • #11 - Elina

      Oh man, SF is crazy. Walking is enough of a challenge for me. Training on the Newton hills is smart :)

  • #12 - Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    I did smelt for Good Friday (or Good FRYday lol)

  • #14 - Shannon

    I need to make fried fish! I’ve fried shrimp before (and I think the temperature was too low) but I do enjoy fish & chips from time to time.

    The secret is definitely in the oil temperature. Great dish… I love the sound of truffle fries.

  • #15 - Kelly

    I have to admit I have a sweetspot for deep frying. ::Goes and hides::

  • #16 - Kerstin

    I fry thing only occasionally because I’m not a huge fan of the smell that lingers afterwards. I’ve never fried fish though and would love to try doing so after reading this post!

    • #17 - Elina

      Ha, we were actually talking about the smell post frying at a party last night and I said I had no idea what the girls were talking about… and then I got home and smelled it. So crazy how it lingers!

  • #18 - Carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try this out :)

  • #19 - Shannon

    oh wow, that looks amazing. I haven’t had fish and chips in so long… might work up to give this a shot :)

  • #20 - Bridget

    Ooo this looks sooooo good! Brian would LOVE if I made some fried fish! I agree, if you do it right it doesnt have to be a greasy mess, but I’ll also admit I dont think I’ve ever deep fried. Although I can see it being mesmerizing :) I was taht way with making caramel…scary at first but so soothing now! I want to try this!!