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Crispy Baked Cod with Sweet Potato Soldiers (Paleo and AIP option)

I bought a whole bunch of wild cod when it was on sale a few weeks back so now my freezer is full of good fish. Thankfully, fish thaws quickly because I’m really good at buying protein when it’s on sale, but I’m really bad at getting it out of the freezer in time for it to thaw for the meals I have planned. A few minutes submerged in a sink full of hot water and the fish is thawed and I’m ready to go.

My family loved the shake and bake chicken nuggets so much that I thought I’d try the same breading on the fish. We love some fried fish, but frying is such a huge mess. I’d much rather bake if I can still get a crispy coating. Well, lo and behold, it worked like a charm.

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Perfectly crispy, oven-baked fish

I still have quite a crop of sweet potatoes from last fall so I decided to try something a tiny bit different. I had just seen a recipe for sweet potato soldiers in a magazine, but they were skinless and glazed with all sorts of sweet goodness to be a substitute for sweet potato casserole. They looked tasty, but I didn’t want all that fuss on a week night. Seemed to me these should bake in about the same time as the fish and be a super easy side dish, simply dressed with some of the same garlic and herb seasoning I used on the fish.

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Golden brown, caramelized sweet potatoes finished with a pinch of salt. Yum!

We almost always have leftovers because my kids just don’t eat a lot. Not tonight. My son, who is a notoriously slow eater, inhaled his fish and asked for more. I guess that was a good sign, but it meant I had to give him some of mine. 🙂 I was happy to share. Really, I was. And besides, fish is not usually great leftover anyway, so it’s a good thing we ate it all up!

Crispy Baked Cod with Sweet Potato Soldiers
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-20 minutes
Crispy Baked Cod with Sweet Potato Soldiers
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-20 minutes
Ingredients
Cod
Sweet Potatoes
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Add 1 tsp. bacon fat to each tray and place in oven to melt. Once the fat has melted, remove the trays from the oven. Use a spatula or spoon to spread the fat over the entire baking sheet.
  2. Clean sweet potatoes and remove pointy ends. Cut into 1 - 1 1/2 inch thick pieces. Place on hot baking tray, sprinkle with seasoning and place in oven.
  3. While potatoes begin to cook, prepare your fish by patting it dry with paper towels.
  4. In a shallow dish or large plate, combine flours and seasonings for fish. Taste this mixture. It's what you're using to flavor your fish. If you think it needs more garlic and herb seasoning or salt, add it now.
  5. To a separate dish, add coconut milk and stir well to make sure cream and liquid are combined.
  6. Dip fish in milk then dredge in flour mixture. Once thoroughly coated, place on second, prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip and bake 5-10 minutes more, until fish is browned on both sides and flakes easily when you stick a fork in it.
  8. When you put the fish in the oven, flip your sweet potato soldiers over so they brown evenly on both sides. Potatoes are done when a knife slips in and out easily. If you stick a knife in and you have to tug to get it out, the potatoes are not quite done.
Recipe Notes

*I've just recently purchased the Everyday AIP Spice Blends from Primal Palate and they are amazing! I am not being paid to endorse or review this product, but I can honestly say that the flavor combinations are spot on. I never use spice blends anymore because most (all?) brands don't list every ingredient included. Primal Palate spices do list all the ingredients included and they are autoimmune protocol safe. You will be seeing more recipes involving these spices in the coming weeks.

If you don't have the spices from Primal Palate, you can make your own by combining garlic powder, onion powder, salt, oregano, thyme and sage.

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