- Posted February 19, 2013 by
Fried Seafood Recipes
Frying is one of the most convenient cooking methods applied for pretty much any type of ingredient or dish. It involves cooking food with varying amounts of edible oil. Asian cooking predominantly uses coconut, palm or peanut oil; European cuisine is known for using significant quantities of olive oil while the United States and Canada use canola and corn oil for everyday cooking.
Examples of popular deep fat fried seafood dishes served across the world include fish and chips, originally a take away item served in newspapers in the United Kingdom and Japanese tempura usually made with prawns but can also feature vegetables, crabstick and fish. While some restaurants’ specialty meat dish is a mixed grill with beef, pork, lamb and chicken the marine equivalent to this is a seafood platter, usually grilled or battered and fried. Fish fillets, oysters, shrimp and mussels are usually the components of such platters with fancier versions also containing cut up lobster tail and scallops.
In Catholic countries, it is a Lenten observance to abstain from eating meat on Fridays leading up to Easter Sunday. Fast food joints and even fine dining restaurants capitalize on this by serving options such as shrimp and fish sandwiches and a wider selection of seafood menu items.
Worldwide consumption of seafood has risen among many individuals for various reasons. Health benefits of fish consumption, specifically those caught from deep seas, have been attributed to lower incidence of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure and strokes. This is due to the high amount of omega-3 fatty acids that suppress the activity of harmful substances in the body that can induce blood clots and joint inflammation.
Pescetarianism has been coined for those who refrain from consuming red meat but take fish and seafood products. For those who want their meals to be on the healthier side, keep frying (especially deep fat frying) to a minimum and instead opt for grilling, boiling and baking. When frying, use a good quality cooking oil and drain as much excess fat as possible before serving. Note that olive oil doesn’t work well for deep frying as it has a lower smoke point.
An occasional fried dish is alright and can even be healthy as eating fat in moderation helps in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K not to mention other nutrients and phytochemicals. Everything in moderation as they say.