Keto Fried Cod

With a crispy crust and flaky, moist cod inside, this keto Fried Cod recipe is easy and delish. It cooks quickly so that you can be eating in no time!

2 pieces of keto fried cod on a white plate with a sprig of thyme.

Golden brown and crispy on the outside while still being flaky and juicy inside, this easy keto Fried Cod recipe is made quickly in a skillet, so you don’t need to bother with deep fat frying.

It only uses a handful of ingredients and is ready in a jiffy, you can pair this easy keto cod recipe with all your favorite sides for a delicious keto meal.

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I’m a huge fan of quick, easy, and tasty meals, and this keto fried fish recipe really delivers! I pair it with an amazing keto tartar sauce and my favorite veggies, and I’m all set for a terrific meal! How many carbs are in keto Fried Cod? There are just 4 net carbs in this dish, so enjoy it with all your favorite sides!

Ingredients

You only need a handful of common ingredients to make this tasty dish, and you may already have them all in your fridge or pantry!

  • Cod – I use fresh cod fillets.
  • Almond flour – Or you can use crushed pork rinds (pork panko).
  • Eggs – To coat the fish and get the almond flour to stick.
  • Old bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying – You’re going to shallow fry these filets, so you’ll need enough oil to reach about halfway up the side of the cod filet.
Labeled ingredients to make keto fried cod.

What’s The Best Fish Fish For Frying?

I like cod because it is readily available, inexpensive (comparatively), and meaty. But you can pan-fry any fish filets. For this recipe, I’d avoid using fish filets that are too thin, like sole. Catfish, tilapia, haddock, halibut, and pollock are all good choices.

How To Make The Best Keto Fried Cod

For a full list of instructions and ingredients, please scroll down to the recipe near the bottom of this page.

  1. Heat about 1/2-inch of oil in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed skillet. Cast-iron works great!
  2. Season the cod filets with salt and pepper and the Old Bay seasoning.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a shallow dish large enough to hold 1 filet, and spread the almond flour into a second similarly-sized dish.
  4. Working with one filet at a time, dip the filet into the egg, then gently press it into the almond flour. Flip the filet over, ensuring it is coated on all sides. Transfer the filet to a plate and continue until all the filets are coated.
  5. Heat the oil until it reaches about 350-F on a thermometer or until a few crumbs sizzle when dropped into the oil.
  6. Gently lay the fish into the oil, leaving enough space between the filets to flip them over.
  7. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then gently and carefully flip the filets over and cook another 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Transfer the cooked filets to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, then serve and enjoy!
keto pan fried cod on a black plate with green beans.

How Do You Know When Fried Fish is Cooked?

The FDA says fish is cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 145-F when measured with a digital meat thermometer. Personally, I find this too high, and I’ll pull my fish off closer to 130-F and let it rest for a few minutes. If the fish is opaque and flaky, it’s cooked.

A top-down shot of keto pan fried cod on a white plate.
Serve and dig in!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Look for 4-6 ounce filets for a hearty meal.
  • You can swap pork panko (crushed pork rinds) instead of the almond flour to make this a nut-free fried fish recipe.
  • Use your favorite seasoning blend instead of Old Bay if you prefer.
  • The fish cooks quickly, so have them all breaded and lined up and ready to go.
  • Control the heat of your oil – if it’s too hot, the almond flour will burn.

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Make It A Meal

Wondering what to serve with keto Fried Cod? This low-carb fish recipe pairs so nicely with coleslaw, a creamy broccoli casserole, or a tasty green bean side dish. This honeynut squash recipe is lower in carbs, and is tasty enough for the carb splurge. Don’t forget the keto tartar sauce; it pairs so wonderfully with this dish!

Storage

Because this fish is breaded and fried, it is best when eaten fresh and hot. If you have leftover fish, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can reheat it in the oven or an air fryer, or even in a dry skillet.

Step By Step Process

2 pieces of keto fried cod on a white plate with a sprig of thyme.
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Keto Fried Cod

Crispy on the outside and flaky and moist on the inside, this keto Fried Cod recipe is a must-try for fish lovers! It's quick and easy to make and pairs so nicely with coleslaw and all your favorite keto veggies.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy seafood recipe, fried cod, fried fish, keto fish, keto fried cod, keto fried fish, keto pan fried cod
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 399kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces cod filets
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil

Instructions

  • Heat about 1/2-inch of oil in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed skillet. Cast-iron works great!
  • Pat the fish dry with paper towels then season the cod filets with salt and pepper and the Old Bay seasoning.
  • Whisk the eggs in a shallow dish large enough to hold 1 filet, and spread the almond flour into a second similarly-sized dish.
  • Working with one filet at a time, dip the filet into the egg, then gently press it into the almond flour. Flip the filet over, ensuring it is coated on all sides. Transfer the filet to a plate and continue until all the filets are coated.
  • Heat the oil until it reaches about 350-F on a thermometer or until a few crumbs sizzle when dropped into the oil.
  • Gently lay the fish into the oil, leaving enough space between the filets to flip them over.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes, then gently and carefully flip the filets over and cook another 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Transfer the cooked filets to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, then serve and enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Look for 4-6 ounce filets for a hearty meal.
  • You can swap pork panko (crushed pork rinds) instead of the almond flour to make this a nut-free fried fish recipe.
  • Use your favorite seasoning blend instead of Old Bay if you prefer.
  • The fish cooks quickly, so have them all breaded and lined up and ready to go.
  • Control the heat of your oil – if it’s too hot, the almond flour will burn.

Nutrition

Serving: 1filet | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbohydrates: 4g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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