Not On A Diet Simple Paleo Fish Finger Recipe

First things first. I’m not on a Paleo diet.

(What diet could I be on where alcohol is prohibited? Whaaaat?)

I’m not a fan of specific or ‘labelled’ diets. Although I totally advocate losing weight when needed, and using the time-proven formula of:

CALORIES CONSUMED – ENERGY BURNED = WEIGHT LOSS

About 7lbs is what I need to lose. The combination of immobility after hip surgery and lack of cardiovascular exercise (aka running), has added half a stone to my frame. Mostly around the thighs by my reckoning.

Breaking my ‘no more recipe books’ pact with myself, in my Aldi trolley a book did go. This is unlike me. I don’t impulse purchase and typically practice conscious spending. It was however a great buy. (phew).

Flicking through Joy Skipper’s ‘the Paleo diet recipe book’, it struck me that Paleo seems a sensible way to eat. And not a million miles (or years) from how we eat at Chez Wright. With a little tweaking to our usual recipes, Paleo could easily be incorporated.

Take fish fingers for example. I do like to make my own and have been using a variety of carbohydrate ingredients to make the crumbly coating. Never had ground almonds sprung to mind.

But it works.

I’m not keen on almonds and wouldn’t eat them whole, but as a crumb coat they’re fantastic.

Loving the idea I can add almonds into my diet (not ‘diet’ – but diet as in the true sense of the word) in an efficient and edible way.

Being a simple gal, and a no-fuss-cook, this recipe was so super simple and quick. I highly recommend.

You will need:

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1 fresh cod loin per person – I did use frozen and thawed it out as had some to use up.

Ground almonds – the amount will differ depending on how much coating you require.

Black pepper and paprika for seasoning. But you could use other spices. Don’t over-think it. It’s fish fingers not Michelin starred fayre.

Step 1: Cut the cod loin into fingers. Or in my case – odd-shapes. As I said, I’m not that fussy.

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((do try to keep approx. the same size (even if odd-shaped) as this is important to ensure they are all cooked evenly))

Step 2: Coat in the ground almonds and seasoning.

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Now, I didn’t have ground almonds, but a quick whizz in my smoothie maker and flaked almonds became ground. Improvisation is my speciality.

Step 3: Place on a non-stick baking tray and pop in a pre-heated moderate oven for approx. 20 minutes, until thoroughly cooked. Ovens do vary, and depending on how large your fish fingers are, this may need monitoring. A little practice to work out the optimum cooking time may be required. Mine were a little over-cooked on my first attempt.

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(I did spray the fish fingers with oil to brown them slightly – not sure this is Paleo? Did not want to raise my Kids’ suspicions that the pale fish fingers were potentially better for them).

Ideally serve with a green salad. I added balsamic vinegar because bare, bland salad is so unappetising. This trick I learned from my mother who drowned all my roast dinners in mint sauce, when I was a child, to coax them down. It may be a vinegar addiction that hasn’t been officially diagnosed (I’m thinking vinegar and wine aren’t that genetically removed?). Fortunately upon googling it I discovered balsamic vinegar is indeed Paleo. And actually good for you. Result.

Not that it matters that much. As I said I’m not following the Paleo diet, just looking to substitute some of the carbs for a Paleo alternative. It’s all about moderation. Eat healthy 80% of the time. All Paleo and no carbs (and particularly no alcohol) makes Jo a dull girl.

Spraying oil on the fish fingers wasn’t sufficient to not raise questions (and youthful eyebrows) from first-born.

Hence the finished photo includes rustled up pizza also.

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I’m up for the challenge though. I will find suitable Paleo recipes for highly suspicious children. Game on.

(I have not reproduced the recipe from the book, rather this is my spin on it. But if you’d like to learn more about the author Joy Skipper and her recipes please click here. This is not an affiliate link).

{ 36 comments… add one }
  • lipsyy March 24, 2015, 1:28 pm

    I’ve never made my own fish fingers, maybe I’ll give em a try. And also, I’m definitely addicted to vinegar and/ or lemon juice as a dressing. So good!

    • Simply Being Mum March 24, 2015, 3:12 pm

      Lemon – now there’s an idea for a dressing. Maybe with honey…

      • Clare March 25, 2015, 12:38 am

        I just squeeze half a lemon over my salad usually! And it’s plenty 🙂 Actually, today I am having salad for lunch and lettuce, cheese, walnuts and a handful of spicy tomato chickpeas has been plenty of flavour. Otherwise, I do make a lemon and olive oil dressing. One part lemon to two parts olive oil, shake it up, voila! Lemons are the best 🙂

      • lipsyy March 25, 2015, 10:39 am

        mmm yes!

  • lipsyy March 24, 2015, 1:28 pm

    I’ve never made my own fish fingers, maybe I’ll give em a try. And also, I’m definitely addicted to vinegar and/ or lemon juice as a dressing. So good!

    • Simply Being Mum March 24, 2015, 3:12 pm

      Lemon – now there’s an idea for a dressing. Maybe with honey…

      • Clare March 25, 2015, 12:38 am

        I just squeeze half a lemon over my salad usually! And it’s plenty 🙂 Actually, today I am having salad for lunch and lettuce, cheese, walnuts and a handful of spicy tomato chickpeas has been plenty of flavour. Otherwise, I do make a lemon and olive oil dressing. One part lemon to two parts olive oil, shake it up, voila! Lemons are the best 🙂

      • lipsyy March 25, 2015, 10:39 am

        mmm yes!

  • Jenny L. March 24, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Did you put anything on them to make the coating stick?

    • Simply Being Mum March 24, 2015, 3:11 pm

      Didn’t need to the almonds coated easily. But presume you could use beaten egg as eggs paleo (I’m pretty sure it is anyway – kinda new to this). What I would say is the almonds started to stick together a bit. Would recommend maybe separating the almond and coating a few at a time to reduce this.

      • Jenny L. March 24, 2015, 3:21 pm

        Hmmm, I think I will be trying this. It looks good!

  • Jenny L. March 24, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Did you put anything on them to make the coating stick?

    • Simply Being Mum March 24, 2015, 3:11 pm

      Didn’t need to the almonds coated easily. But presume you could use beaten egg as eggs paleo (I’m pretty sure it is anyway – kinda new to this). What I would say is the almonds started to stick together a bit. Would recommend maybe separating the almond and coating a few at a time to reduce this.

      • Jenny L. March 24, 2015, 3:21 pm

        Hmmm, I think I will be trying this. It looks good!

  • Jo H. March 24, 2015, 3:35 pm

    Looks good – I love almonds so I can see this in my future. Trying to work some fish into our meals. Thanks for the idea!

  • Jo H. March 24, 2015, 3:35 pm

    Looks good – I love almonds so I can see this in my future. Trying to work some fish into our meals. Thanks for the idea!

  • Apple March 24, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Paleo! Hurray! 🙂
    I make my fish similarly, except I add some sesame flour to the almond flour, to make it lighter, ad an egg too, and season it w grated lemon and. parsley.
    Must try the paprika seasoning too!

  • Apple March 24, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Paleo! Hurray! 🙂
    I make my fish similarly, except I add some sesame flour to the almond flour, to make it lighter, ad an egg too, and season it w grated lemon and. parsley.
    Must try the paprika seasoning too!

  • peeledwellness March 24, 2015, 6:02 pm

    I feel the same way- I can’t label my eating habits into a restrictive diet but I do acquire features of certain diets into my lifestyle. Crushed almonds as breading is a new idea to me! If you’re interested, I would love for you to share a post at my link up today!
    xoxo K
    http://peeledwellness.com

  • peeledwellness March 24, 2015, 6:02 pm

    I feel the same way- I can’t label my eating habits into a restrictive diet but I do acquire features of certain diets into my lifestyle. Crushed almonds as breading is a new idea to me! If you’re interested, I would love for you to share a post at my link up today!
    xoxo K
    http://peeledwellness.com

  • Sharron March 24, 2015, 6:25 pm

    Looks yum! I too need to loose weight 6 lots of your 7lb to be exact! Just can’t seem to motivate myself. And as you very rightly identified, a diet that involves no alcohol will always fail for me!!!
    Sharron x

    • Simply Being Mum March 24, 2015, 6:28 pm

      We can do this Sharron! Sometimes that last 7lbs is the hardest to shift! Thanks for e-mail earlier. Will reply once kids asleep xx

  • Sharron March 24, 2015, 6:25 pm

    Looks yum! I too need to loose weight 6 lots of your 7lb to be exact! Just can’t seem to motivate myself. And as you very rightly identified, a diet that involves no alcohol will always fail for me!!!
    Sharron x

    • Simply Being Mum March 24, 2015, 6:28 pm

      We can do this Sharron! Sometimes that last 7lbs is the hardest to shift! Thanks for e-mail earlier. Will reply once kids asleep xx

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