Healthy fast food is home cooked fast food. Whether you’re cooking your own burgers and fries, battered fish and chips, meat pies, sausage rolls or sauces, when you make them at home you know exactly what’s going into them plus they taste infinitely better. Here are our favourite healthy fast food recipes.
Many of us around the world who are in lockdown or are quarantining are looking for healthy fast food. We’re all finding comfort in food, whether it’s cooking or eating, from traditional dishes that inspire nostalgia for far simpler times to fast food that provides quick calories and satisfies cravings. But fast food that’s healthier.
Increasingly, and perhaps because people are eating so much of it, everyone appears to be searching is for healthy fast food options, but, unfortunately, you’re not going to find them at McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Dominoes, or Taco Bell. Remember McDonald’s pink slime and Subway’s ‘tuna’ that wasn’t tuna?
If you want healthier fast food you’re going to have to cook it at home, because home cooked fast food is fresher, more nutritional, less fatty, and made with real ingredients, not pink slime or ‘tuna’ with no tuna DNA. Below you’ll find our favourite healthy fast food recipes for everything from fish and chips to burgers and fries and meat pies and sausage rolls. Plus some spicy sauces to go on those.
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Healthy Fast Food Recipes for Home Cooked Fast Food – From Burgers and Fries to Fish and Chips and Meat Pies
Beer Battered Fish and Chips Recipe
This beer battered fish and chips recipe is a healthy fast food recipe. It makes the perfect fish and chips for the classic takeaway that is an iconic dish for the British, Australians and New Zealanders. The use of beer instead of water for the batter mixture for this beer battered fish and chips recipe is not just to add extra flavour to the batter.
The beer serves a couple of purposes. Firstly, alcohol burns faster than water, so the crust of the batter firms faster, protecting the fish from being heavy with oil. Secondly, the foam of the beer, formed mainly from carbon dioxide, keeps the batter light as it cooks.
Hand Cut Potato Chips Recipe For Crispy Fries For Your Fish And Chips
Our hand cut potato chips recipe is another healthy fast food recipe. It makes perfect crispy fries for your fish and chips or moules frites or whatever else you like to serve with fries. Our mouthwatering potato chips are crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle.
There are a couple of ways to achieve this, but ultimately you need to fry the chips twice. Fortunately, our method doesn’t mean hours in the kitchen and these are better and healthier than any frozen chips you’ll ever eat.
Spicy Potato Wedges Recipe
This spicy potato wedges recipe takes the classic Australian café, pub and bar snack of potato wedges with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream and gives it a spicy Asian twist. These skin-on potato wedges can be fried or baked, but we’ve gone for the oven-baked route for a healthy fast food recipe.
Don’t worry, this spicy potato wedges recipe will still make you potato wedges that are crispy on the outside and fluffy within. Served with the classic Aussie combo of sweet chilli sauce and sour cream, these spicy wedges make a filling snack or a fantastic side for burgers.
Corn Fritter Breakfast Burger Recipe
Our corn fritter breakfast burger recipe with fried egg and Thai sweet chilli sauce makes an incredibly delicious vegetarian breakfast burger that’s packed with flavour and crunch. With a Southeast Asian twist on the classic breakfast burger, it’s so good you won’t miss the burger patty and bacon, and the grease that comes with it.
This is another of our favourite healthy fast food recipes. If you made our Thai corn fritters recipe and you have a batch of our homemade Thai sweet chilli sauce in the fridge, then you’re all set to go.
Chicken Katsu Burger Recipe
This chicken katsu burger recipe places a crunchy tender chicken cutlet, prepared using the classic Japanese katsu method of panko-breaded and deep-fried chicken, between spicy Asian slaw, tangy Japanese-style barbecue sauce, and soft burger buns.
Serve with hand-cut fries and you’re in chicken katsu burger heaven. We love these so much we eat them as often as we do Japanese pork tonkatsu!
Southern Fried Chicken Recipe
Our Southern fried chicken recipe is an Aussie take on classic fried spicy Nashville style chicken. Australian chef Morgan McGlone learnt to perfect this during his time in the USA’s South, home to some of the world’s best fried chicken. We make a big batch and use it in everything from chicken burgers to chicken fried rice.
The secret is boneless skin-on chicken thighs that are coated in seasoned flour that forms a ‘glue’ on the chicken and then the pieces are deep fried to get the crispiest skin you’ll ever taste. Then there’s the sauce it’s slathered in…
Pepper Steak Pie Recipe
My pepper steak pie recipe makes a Cambodian beef lok lak meat pie that is inspired by one of Cambodia’s most popular street food-style dishes, served at local eateries around the country. Typically eaten for lunch, but also acceptable for dinner or breakfast, when a fried egg on top of the stir-fried beef is compulsory, lok lak is one of those dishes that is as popular with foreigners as locals.
A dish of Cambodian-Chinese origin, it’s a cousin to Vietnam’s loc lac or ‘shaking beef’, whose history is much-debated – but there’s no debate about how good these pies are and they’re healthy.
Spicy Pork Mince Pie Recipe
This spicy pork mince pie recipe made is with Cambodian prahok ktis – Cambodia’s deliciously spicy dip of minced pork, coconut cream, pea eggplants, and prahok, the Khmer fermented fish paste. Anything fermented is good for your gut health and your immunity, making this another of our favourite healthy fast food recipes. Stuff this into an an iconic Australian meat pie casing and you have a curried meat pie that’s unlike any you’ve ever tasted.
Cambodian Chicken Curry Pie Recipe
Our chicken curry pie recipe takes the much-loved classic Cambodian chicken curry to make a flavourful spicy chicken pie like no other. Unlike the classic curried chicken pie which uses curry powder to flavour the chicken filling, this recipe uses a Cambodian red curry paste. The classic Cambodian chicken curry has potatoes, long beans and Asian eggplants, which we’ve included to create a really hearty chicken pie that is another of our favourite healthy fast food recipes.
Cambodian Curried Beef Sausage Rolls
These homemade curried beef sausage rolls are filled with rich Cambodian Saraman curry, which is a cousin to the Thai Massaman curry and Malaysia’s Beef Rendang – all complex and slow-cooked curries. The Saraman curry is a time-consuming curry to make, which is why it’s often considered to be a special occasion dish for Cambodians and it’s extra special when made into sausage rolls!
Classic Aussie Sausage Roll Recipe
Our sausage rolls are a breeze to make – and making them at home means you know what’s going in them, and while this particular sausage roll recipe makes delicious homemade sausage rolls, you can easily tweak it each time to your taste. In Australia, sausage rolls are warming snacks when you’re at a chilly sports stadium watching footie in winter.
Sausage rolls are morning tea for ‘smoko’ (a break) for a hungry tradie working on a construction site, and they’re a party food staple for Aussie kids when you can serve mini-sausage rolls.
Homemade Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe
Once you make this easy Thai sweet chilli sauce recipe the first time, you’ll remember why that bottle of sweet chilli sauce you bought a couple of years ago is still in the fridge. To be fair, it’s probably still edible because of all the preservatives and thickeners that are added to commercial sauces. But if it tastes like most Thai sweet chilli sauce brands it’s probably sickly sweet.
This homemade Thai sweet chilli sauce is so perfectly balanced and super easy to make that you might never buy a supermarket sweet chilli sauce again. Most commercial sauces use potassium sorbate to prevent mould occurring but this homemade chilli sauce will keep very well for at least a month or two in your fridge, as long as you always dipping clean utensils into the jar, so as not to contaminate the sauce.
Homemade Sriracha Sauce Recipe
This authentic homemade Sriracha sauce recipe makes the real thing – the Thai hot sauce that tastes just like it does in its place of origin, the coastal city of Sri Racha, Thailand. This spicy sauce is far simpler to make than you might imagine and you can tailor it to suit your own taste!
With so few ingredients, it’s the quality of the chillies that make this authentic homemade Sriracha sauce recipe so special. Using Thai chillies from Thailand or a similar variety – but not the chillies in the world-famous American ‘rooster’ hot sauce – is your key to an authentic Thai Sriracha sauce. This is another of our favourite healthy fast food recipes.
If you’ve cooked and enjoyed any of our healthy fast food recipes, we would love to know what you think in the comments below.