It is hard to resist a sumptuous classic like fish and chips. No matter what the occasion or mood, the soft, melt-in-your-mouth fish wrapped in a layer of crunchy batter served with a generous helping of chips and creamy tartar sauce never feels out of place. While your resolve to eat healthy stands no chance in front of the enticing combination of fish and chips, the guilt of indulging in the deep-fried goodness sure takes over as soon as you are done polishing off the last crumb of your plate.
To end that dilemma for the millions of ardent lovers of this classic dish, chefs around the world are now preparing it with a healthy twist in form of baked fish and chips.
Baked Fish and Chips
The ingredients for baked fish and chips remain the same as that of the classic recipe – potatoes cut into chips, breadcrumbs and white fish fillet. However, you replace a wok full of oil with just two tablespoons of olive oil. The great thing about baked fish and chips is that both the fish and the chips are cooked in the oven, which means you are halving the calories and fat content of this traditional favourite while keeping all its nutrients intact.
For preparing baked fish and chips, the oven is first preheated to 200C and then potato chips patted dry with paper towels are arranged on a large baking tray, topped with a drizzle of one tablespoon of olive oil and seasoned with salt. While these potato chips cook for the next 40 minutes, the fish is prepared for baking by resting it in the breadcrumb mixture comprising parsley, lemon zest and salt. The fish is then arranged in a baking tray and drizzled with oil, topped with some cherry tomatoes and tossed in the oven for 10 minutes. And voila, a healthy but equally tasty variant of fish and chips is ready in under an hour.
The biggest benefit of baked fish and chips is its dense nutrient content. A single portion of this dish provides you with essential vitamins such as Vitamin C, B6 and B12, calcium, zinc, iron, and most importantly, omega-3 fatty acids. Baked fish and chips has just 325 calories and 5 grams of total fat content as opposed to 838 calories and 9.42 grams of total fat in the classic deep-fried version.
So, the next time you crave this quintessential feel-good food, just order a baked version and eat away to your heart’s content.