This post is a do-over but this time, with pictures. We had oatmeal encrusted cod last night. Debbi on the Wholesome Baby Food FB Fan page had asked about using panko for her little babies so I thought I would take pictures of our Oatmeal Cod for her, and for all of you
Oatmeal is a great alternative to breadcrumbs of any kind if baby has not had wheat or bread products. You may use the method below for chicken as well!
If your older baby loves texture and has readily adapted to self-feeding, give this fish recipe a try. Great for the whole family, this fish is lightly fried and goes really well with a rice or quinoa pilaf! I prefer to fry in a bit of olive oil or olive/vegetable oil mix if I have run out of plain olive oil. It tastes yummy when baked but we do indulge in frying once in a while. The above image shows fried, in olive oil.
Oatmeal Crusted Haddock or Cod
What You Need:
1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 vegetable oil for frying (more or less depending on the size of your pan)
1/3 cup milk
4-5 small Cod or Haddock fillets
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups regular oats
Garlic powder, paprika, pinch of salt, dash of basil and pepper to your taste
How to do it – Frying:
Add spices & herbs to the flour or, “rub” the fish with herbs and spices prior to coating with plain (or seasoned) flour
Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. I add minced garlic to the oil when frying.
Whisk the egg and milk together until a bit frothy/foamy.
Dip and coat the fish fillets in the flour and be sure to shake off any excess flour.
Now dip the fish into the egg mixture then dip into the oats and thoroughly coat the fish with the oats.
Fry the fish in the heated oil for approx. 3 minutes on one side and fry about 3 minutes on the other side. Depending on the size and thickness of the fish, you might need to fry for a longer/shorter length of time.
Once fried, drain on paper towels then serve.
How to do it – Baking:Season and coat the fish as directed above
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and coat a baking pan with olive oil
Put the pan in the oven to warm up once the oven temp has reached 350F
Wait 5 minutes then add the fish to the pan – bake for 5-10 minutes depending on thickness of fish then flip and bake until flaking (approx 10 more minutes)