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Friday, October 11, 2019

Keto-Friendly Baked Fish Recipe

My sister is currently getting ready for her December wedding by going on a Keto Diet. She’s been very strict with following this diet and has lost a lot of weight since she started. Since she only eats food that are keto-friendly, I decided to try preparing a dish that the family can all eat together even if she is on her diet. One recipe that I found via the Yummly app was Baked Fish with Mushrooms by CDKitchen.

As with any recipe that I try, I tend to tweak them a little to fit into what ingredients are readily available. Since I was making it keto-friendly, I checked in with my sister and showed her the ingredients to make sure it was something that she could have. Ingredients and instructions are credited to CDKitchen, with italicized notes being my tweaks on the recipe.

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh or frozen fish fillets, ½ to ¾” thick – I had no idea how to estimate this (not my strongest suit) so I just bought two packs of cream dory fillets from SM Hypermarket.

2 tablespoons butter or margarine – I used butter. I haven’t used margarine in anything ever because I don’t like the way it tastes!

1 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms – I used a can of button mushrooms since I couldn’t find any fresh ones.

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1 teaspoon snipped fresh tarragon or thyme – I used thyme because there was no tarragon available. I only used McCormick Thyme Leaves because again, no fresh ones available. 


Instructions:

Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; Pat dry with paper towels. Cut into serving size pieces, if needed. 

This was easy enough, but I realized that patting freshly rinsed fish used up too much paper towels. I should have found another way to dry them. I felt like I wasted too many paper towels…or did I rinse the fish too much?


Arrange fish in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish, turning under thin edges. Sprinkle with salt. In a small pan, melt butter; add mushrooms, green onions, and dried tarragon, if using. Cook over medium heat until mushrooms and green onions are tender. 

Spoon mushroom mixture over fish. Sprinkle with fresh tarragon, if using.

My baking dish wasn’t as instructed, I used what I had. I think I went overboard with the salt – I rubbed instead of sprinkled, and I was worried that the fish was a bit on the salty side. It was a good thing that the butter with the mushrooms and spices seemed to help overpower the salt.


Bake, covered, in a 450 degrees F oven for 12 to 18 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

I forgot to cover the fish! And I forgot to check the temperature!

Thankfully, since I was watching over the oven like a crazy person, I managed to cook the fish properly. Once the fish flaked easily, I took it out of the oven to serve to the family.


This finished product:

keto friendly baked fish

According to my family, who love and would probably never tell me if I did not do this right, the fish was good. As much as I appreciated the support, I know that I could still improve on it (by following instructions, for one thing) and I could probably tweak it a little more to adapt to the ingredients that we have at home. Maybe add a little here and there to make up for the fact that some of the items I added were not as instructed. 

This is the second cream dory fillet recipe that I’ve tried so far. Hopefully I can discover some more recipes using white fish fillets (which are readily available here) in the future that I can share with everyone. 

Any suggestions?

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