Almond Flour Crusted Fried Rockfish Fillets with a Lemon Cream Sauce

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Almond flour crusted rockfish fillets topped with a creamy, lemon and garlic sauce will please the pickest of eaters. Pacific rockfish fillets are dusted with a special blend containing almond flour and fried in avocado oil to create a golden brown, crispy crust on each fish fillet.

Almond Flour Crusted RockFish Ingredients

Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Almond Flour Crusted Fried Rockfish Fillets with a Lemon Cream Sauce Directions

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Keto Almond Flour Crusted Fried Rockfish Recipe

lemon cream sauce poured all over juicy almond crust rockfish fillets on a plate with fresh tarragon

Rockfish fillets coated with an almond flour based fish fry and then fried in avocado oil is the perfect way to eat seafood on the keto diet. These rockfish fillets come out perfectly crusted when fried. Top them with an easy recipe for keto lemon garlic cream sauce for the ultimate pairing.

These rockfish fillets have a crunchy coating from the almond flour mixture and are fork tender on the inside. The result is a light, mild tasting fish that will please everyone at the dinner table.

This fried rockfish recipe can also be used in fish tacos or served along side some jicama fries as one of myeasy keto dinner recipes.

What is Rockfish?

Also known as Pacific Rockfish, Pacific Snapper, and rock cod, rockfish is a Pacific ocean perch that is widely available in the Pacfic Northwest and along the California coast. There are over 70 different types of rockfish. An average rockfish will weigh in at around 2 to 5 pounds but can grow quite larger too.
a pacific rockfish swimming in the ocean
Rockfish is a lean white fish that is similar to cod and has a mild-flavor and a flakey texture.

What does Rockfish taste like?

Rockfish tastes similar to cod. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor. Rockfish is a lean white fish with a lower fat content so it has a light flavor that will easily take on the flavors you cook with it.

How to Cook Rockfish?

uncooked rockfish fillets on parchment and butcher paper

Pacific Rockfish is a very versatile fish, as most white fish types are. Rockfish fillets can be fried, steamed, grilled, raw and baked. It will work in almost any fish recipe.

My favorite ways to cook rockfish is to fry it or bake it. But it can also be eaten raw as a ceviche or poached. To grill rockfish, it’s recommended that you lay down a sheet of almunium foil or bake the fish whole since the fillets my flake off into your grill.

Gluten-Free, Keto Approved Batter for Fish

It’s easy to have battered fried fish on the keto diet. Dusting your fish with a mixture of almond flour and unflavored whey protein powder creates the perfect, crispy crust on the outside of the white fish when fried. Not only is the fish fry mixture low carb, but it’s gluten-free too!

a golden crust on several rockfish fillets on a plate with some lemon slices

Whey protein powder is quickly becoming a favorite keto ingredient to dredge my fried foods in. It helps to create a crispy crust that you see on fried chicken or french fries. The downside is that it can burn easily when frying. So make sure you only heat your skillet to medium heat. It’s better to cook a white fish coated in protein powder longer at a low heat than to risk burning the crust.

The brand of protein powder I use is by Perfect Keto. Their line of whey protein powders have no additional sugars and are keto approved. Make sure you get the unflavored protein powder and not the vanilla.

Keto Lemon Cream Sauce for Fish

Although I love to eat these fried rockfish fillets on their own, pairing a white fish with a garliky lemon cream sauce is match made in heaven. Flavors of lemon, garlic, butter and tarragon are married together to create this tangy sauce that is divine when poured over our almond flour fried rockfish fillets.

This is basically a bechamel sauce, except we aren’t adding flour to make a roux since this is a keto recipe. Instead, the cream sauce is thickened using heavy cream. When heavy cream is simmered over heat, it thickens.

Make sure to let the keto lemon cream sauce simmer long enough to coat the back of a soup. The cream sauce will continue to thicken as it cools too.

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