It is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever a recipe for fried food is published—be it chicken or French fries, falafel or doughnuts—the first question will be whether that food can be baked instead.
And fair enough! Frying is messy, stinky, and splatter-y. While I’d happily accept a fried fish taco if someone else is offering, I don’t want to fry on a weeknight in my small, ventilation-poor kitchen (and I imagine you don’t either). Unless I have to, that is.