Fried Fish with Garlic Dip (Bakaliaros with Skordalia)

14 min Cook
Scroll to recipe

Greeks love Bakaliaros with Skordalia (Cod with Garlic Dip), however, as a tradition, we particularly eat it on two specific days of the year.  The first is March 25th, which is the religious holiday of The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, and the second is Palm Sunday during the Holy Week of Pascha or Easter Week. 

Being on keto makes it hard to have traditional fried fish with flour, but this beer-battered cod makes a great substitution.  For all you fans of fish n chips, this recipe will certainly check off your list of favorites. 

Start with fresh cod.  You could use frozen, pre-cut filets instead, but fresh is always best if you have access to fresh fish.  You could use halibut or grouper for this recipe. 

fresh cod

Fresh cod filets.


Fried Fish with Garlic Dip (Bakaliaros with Skordalia)

Fried Fish with Garlic Dip (Bakaliaros with Skordalia)

This is the closest fried fish recipe resembling a traditional fish n chips batter that I could have imagined having on keto. Yes, there is beer, however, there is so little that this recipe only added .3 net carbs per serving. This recipe makes either 4 servings or 2 servings for some of our hungry folks. If you serve it as 2 servings, then you will have .6 grams of net carbs per serving. ¼ Cup beer has a negligible amount of carbs and is well worth the taste. If you don’t drink alcohol use non-alcoholic beer, or sparkling water if you don’t want the beer taste in your fish.
prep time
5 min
cooking time
14 min
total time
20 min


  • Bowl

  • Hand Mixer

  • Frying Pan

  • Plate with a paper towel


  • 1.5 lbs. (450 grams) cod, cut into 4 or 8 pieces

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • **For batter**

  • 3 eggs, separated

  • 2 Tbsp Oat Fiber

  • 2 Tsp baking powder

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ¼ cup beer

  • Garlic Dip (recipe found under Appetizers)


Wash and dry your cod with paper towels. Set aside.
In a bowl, beat your egg whites until medium-to-stiff peaks have formed. Add your oat fiber, baking powder and mix for 10 seconds. Then, add your eggs, one at a time, salt, and beer as you continue to mix for 1 minute.
Add about ¼ inch of olive oil to your pan, and set on medium heat. Let the olive oil heat through to about 350 degrees.
Take your fish, dip it in the batter then slowly lay in the pan. Always lay the filets away from you so the oil doesn’t splash on you. You can fit about 4 pieces at once.
Fry for at least 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Then flip, using a fish turner if you have you have one, or a regular spatula if you don’t. Fry again for 4 minutes or until golden brown.
Transfer the fried fish to your plate covered with paper towels so that it can absorb any excess oil. Start your 2nd batch. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes then serve.
Enjoy! Bon Appetit! Kali Orexi.


Should you have any leftovers, this fish makes great fish tacos or a great fish sandwich served with homemade or low-carb tartar sauce.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Garlic Dip (Skordalia)

5 min Cook