Shrimp and Scallop Fish Balls

The ones that Brian made looked very similar to these.

Before my brother had me over for dinner last week we had several conversations about what he would make that I could actually eat.  We joked about how he was going to make us pizza, minus the pizza part.  What he cookedwas super simple, really yummy and perfectly Candida diet friendly.  All you need is a food processor (it really helps) and a pan with veggie oil or coconut oil for frying.  I’m sure you could bake them too or cook them in boiling broth for soup.

Ingredients

all amounts are approximate, you can add more or less herbs and seasonings to your preference:

1/2 pound each shrimp and scallops or 1 lb of white fish (you can mix and match, use what you have or whatever is freshest at your grocery store)

zest of one lime, make sure it’s organic or you’ll be zesting chemicals, ew.  Slice the zested lime and serve with the fried fish balls.

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped

fresh Thai basil, 4-8 leaves depending on how much you like basil.  Regular basil works just fine if you can’t find Thai.

Chili pepper flakes and/or Srirach (Brian used both since we like spicy food!)

Dash Cumin

The Procedure

Put all the ingredients into your food processor and pulse until well combined.  You may want to scrape the sides down a few times in between mixing.

The two spoon fry technique

Using a tablespoon or two of the fish mixture (you can make these more like patties or keep them small and round, it’s up to you!) cook in hot oil until golden brown.  If you are deep frying make sure they cook evenly all around, if you are pan frying, flip them and cook both sides evenly.

The first batch, fried on both sides.

We ate ours on beds of mixed greens lightly dressed with lime, salt and oil.  And of course, don’t forget the Sriracha!

Sriracha aka Cock Sauce (because of the rooster, of course!)

You can also fry up a bunch of small fish balls and add them to your favorite Asian inspired soup.  I like to use clear seafood broth or mushroom broth to start then I add lots of greens like bok choy and freshly grated ginger, lemongrass, cilantro, basil and lime juice.  Add the fish balls and you’ve got another great winter meal!

Mushroom based soup, ready to add the veggies and the finish fish balls.

 

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