Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Crispy Homemade Fish Sticks

Some of you might have already got a sneak peek at today's recipe. When I was typing up my post the keyboard moved and I accidentally hit the publish button. 

After I realized what I did I quickly removed it so I apologize for the teaser post. I am sure everyone has had fish sticks a time or two in their life. My mom used to make the boxed fish sticks all the time for us growing up.

I still love them today but have you ever noticed how pricey those packages of fish sticks are? Especially the beer battered ones. 


It's crazy! Not to mention when you open the package there is hardly any inside so it's really not worth it. 

A couple months back I was flipping through a magazine and saw a recipe for Crispy Homemade Fish Sticks. I don't know why it never dawned on me to just try and make them from scratch.

Well, I misplaced the recipe so I found a different one online at Martha Stewart. The original recipe called for plain bread crumbs, but I used panko bread crumbs instead. 

The fish sticks turned out so crispy and golden brown that I think I will stick with the panko bread crumbs from now on. 

This recipe was so simple to make and they tasted so much better than the ones that you buy in the store. For me the hardest part of the recipe was deciding on what fish to use. 

You can use sole, cod or even tilapia fillets, any mild white fish will do. I was unable to find sole so I went with cod fillets. 

I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe and we will definitely make these again. If your kids are fish stick lovers next time choose homemade versus the boxed ones and see how your kids like them.

 You can also choose to bake the fish sticks instead of pan frying for a healthier version. The full recipe is at the end of this post. 

In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs and milk and set aside. Pour the bread crumbs and flour onto two separate bowls or plates. Sprinkle fish sticks with salt and pepper. Dredge fish sticks in flour and


dip in the egg mixture. Then transfer fish sticks to bread crumbs, covering fish completely and pressing lightly to adhere. Place each fish stick on a wire rack when coated. Heat 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Arrange half the fish sticks in a single layer without crowding; cook until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove fish sticks from skillet, and transfer to a serving dish.


Serve with tarter sauce and enjoy.


Um crispy on the outside and flaky tender on the inside.





Crispy Fish Sticks 

2 - large eggs
1/4 - cup milk
1 - cup panko bread crumbs
1 - cup all-purpose flour
1 - pound cod fillets, sole or tilapia cut into 1/2-inch thick sticks
Coarse salt (I used kosher)
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup olive oil or (I used canola oil)

In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs and milk and set aside. Pour the bread crumbs and flour onto two separate plates. Sprinkle fish sticks with salt and pepper. 

Dredge fish sticks in flour and dip in the egg mixture. Then transfer fish sticks to bread crumbs, covering fish completely and pressing lightly to adhere.

Place each fish stick on a wire rack when coated. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

Arrange half the fish sticks in a single layer without crowding; cook until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove fish sticks from skillet, and transfer to a serving dish. 

Wipe out pan and repeat with remaining oil and fish. Serve fish sticks, hot or at room temperature, with tartar sauce.

Baking Method:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray your baking pan with cooking spray. Place the pieces of fish on the baking pan and spread them out so they aren't touching. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 - 20 minutes, turning the fish sticks halfway through.


Simple Tarter Sauce:

1 - cup mayonnaise
1 - 2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 - tablespoon minced onion
2- tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, and minced onion. Stir in lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Tarter Sauce Recipe Source: All Recipes.com
This post is linked to: The Grocery Cart Challenge


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22 comments:

Kanga said... #

Oh, these look SO delicious! I definitely cannot wait to make them!! Thanks for another great recipe. :)

zacharonimom said... #

Hey Tina! This recipe was posted at the perfect time for me! My family and I just got back from Myrtle Beach SC. While there we ate at this restaurant called River City Cafe. They had Mahi Mahi fingers, they were made with Panko bread crumbs, and were sooooo good. My husband wanted me to recreate these at home, and voila...this recipe sounds so close to what we had! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be trying this with Mahi Mahi, and also the tilapia which is another of our favorites! Thanks again!!

Avril Miller said... #

This is fabulous Tina! Just the other day i was thinking how nice it would be to make my own Fish Sticks...you have read my mind! :-)

Erin said... #

These look so delicious! We love fish and it's so darn expensive. This is perfect!!!

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Kimberly said... #

Those look great. Incidentally, I made homemade fish sticks two nights ago. I used 1/2 fish fry coating mix and 1/2 panko bread crumbs, and baked them in the oven. But I didn't have to bake them for 45 minutes, only about 20. My kids ate 'em up...I am glad they like them compared to the minced up fish stick you buy in the store.

scrambledhenfruit said... #

These look perfect! So much better than the prepared ones. :)

kitchen flavours said... #

Looks fabulous! My kids really love fish and chips, I can tell they will love this too! Thanks for sharing!

Meal Makeover Mom Janice said... #

I agree with you about the panko bread crumbs - so much crispier than the regular ones. I often add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to my breadings for a little bit of fiber and omega-3 fats. I'll definitely try these fish sticks!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

I adjusted the baking time for the fish sticks. I think 45 minutes would be to long as well. I did not bake mine, but pan fried them instead.

Tennille said... #

Do you know if they freeze well? Just wondering if I could stock some up!!
It's 8am and I have a hankerin' for these!! Yum!! My boys will be happy, they love fish sticks!

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Kirby said... #

I dont buy the store bought ones alot because they are expensive and I hate opening up the box too and seeing that your lucky if even half of the box is full! Ha! So thank you for this, I cannot wait to make these instead!

Darcy said... #

I never would of thought about making fishsticks at home. Wonderful idea! I will try this one tonight. Hope they turn out as pretty as yours did! Your food always looks pretty!Once again thank you for the great recipes!!

the country cook said... #

Oh my goodness! We used to eat fish sticks all the time growing up, and I still crave them now. It's funny - we don't really like fish any other way. I'm glad to see another recipe for homemade ones - these look better than others I've tried thus far.

Amber said... #

Oh yum! These look great! I will for sure be making them next month!! Thanks Tina!

Pam said... #

They look great! I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!

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Kirstin said... #

Yummy! I love fish sticks but like you they're so expensive. I'm going to try this. Did they get crispy in the oven?

Anonymous said... #

Hi. I had tater tots in the freezer and really wanted fish sticks to go with them. We are all run down and I didn't have the energy to go to the store to get the frozen ones, which by the way, only my oldest will eat. I made these tonight and it was YUM from ALL of us. We all agree they are WAY better than store bought. Thank you for the great recipe. My husband and I both really liked the tartar sauce too. We will definitely be having these again and again and again.

Anonymous said... #

Making these tonight with tilapia! Look so good.

Anonymous said... #

Thanks