Making McDonalds Keto: An Inclusive Filet-O-Fish Sandwich

On recreating McDonald's iconic Fish Filet sandwich
Whitney Lofts at SideChef
La Jefa at the SideChef Kitchen Studio. Culinary Producer by day, striving to attain a “balanced” lifestyle by night. Favourite Foods: Cheese, Pesto, Dark Chocolate and Steak.

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of inclusive eating; which I define as creating meals that are both flavorful and familiar, despite the obstacles of food allergies, preferences and intolerances. To me, substitutions and experimentations such as making meringue from aquafaba, seeking out the perfect flourless chocolate cake and creating fresh pasta from black beans have always piqued my curiosity. Cooking alternatives can be resourceful when you’re in a pantry pinch or when you're on a mission to feed a variety of eaters. Within the SideChef Studio, we have a range of team members who are either vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free or keep kosher. Whilst it may be logistically challenging to organize a meal together, I see it as an enjoyable challenge to work with what we have, recreate and cook deliciously.

In recent years, my immediate family’s eating habits began to shift for health reasons; my parents have now been keto for years and as my brother left his teenage years behind, he soon discovered that he had to start limiting gluten in his diet. Whenever I went back to Australia to visit, I found the diet shift to be polarizing; especially since I could see their struggle between longing for carbs and the need to maintain a healthy diet. McDonalds was a staple treat from my childhood and despite all of my exploration into ingredients from around the world, the golden arches have remained an occasional comfort for me throughout early adulthood. The idea of Keto-fying the Filet-o-Fish was born out of my curiosity to recreate an alternative from the familiar.

The more I experimented with alternative baking, the more I was determined to recreate near perfect results. These keto-friendly and gluten-free burger buns are the result of weeks of experimentation and their success is pegged on some key tips that I’ll walk you through in this recipe. Beyond the bun, everything from the tartare sauce and even the “crumb” coating on the fish filets has been modified for the keto diet, whilst still remaining as humbly close to the real thing as possible. Enjoy!

La Jefa at the SideChef Kitchen Studio. Culinary Producer by day, striving to attain a “balanced” lifestyle by night. Favourite Foods: Cheese, Pesto, Dark Chocolate and Steak.
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