Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Frying shrimp without actually frying them

Fried food tastes great.  We all know that, but it's not the lifestyle-diet you want.  Believe me.

I've always loved fried shrimp, too.  I like coconut shrimp a lot!  If you haven’t had coconut shrimp before, it’s basically shrimp rolled in coconut and “fried” to a delicious crisp.  I say, “fried” but we're trying to avoid frying here.

Why?

Frying usually involves canola, other scentless oils - and even variations of lard (not what we want).  In fact, anytime that something's fried, about 10% of the frying oil stays with the breading and ends up in your body.  That's not so good and we want to get away from that.

If that wasn’t enough, deep-frying usually involves white flour and breadcrumbs - and that too is something you don’t want (unless you love gaining a ton of weight).  Instead, you’re going to use my deep-frying hackIt’s very easy to do and so delicious that nobody will find out it’s fat burning.  For you though, we’re talking the best of both worlds: The flavor and texture of deep-frying, minus the associated guilt.


So, how do we hack fried coconut shrimp?


First, replace the white flour with a high-fiber, fat-burning flour: coconut flour.  Then, instead of breadcrumbs, use unsweetened shredded coconut, which is available in health food stores.  It’s important that you not use the sweetened coconut that is usually reserved for baking cakes.

Sweetened coconut has way too much sugar for this.  I know that this sounds like a lot of work, but believe me - you will impress your friends.  For what it's worth, this recipe is also gluten-free.

Next, just dip jumbo shrimp into the healthy batter, then in the shredded coconut and then lay them out on a sheet pan in preparation for baking.  Shrimp tell you when they’re done: they change color.  So it’s only a matter of a few minutes in the oven before they become golden-brown and tasty.

Maybe this calls for a honey-dijon dip, or a Greek yogurt with cayenne pepper and lime juice.  Whatever, right?  It also goes very well with tropical fruits. That’s another opportunity for you to stock up on healthy fruits like kiwi, pineapple, mango, or papaya.

Oh, btw, it's football season.  Stuff like this will go down great during the games and it's sooooooo much better than fatty chicken wings.

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