These fancy fish sticks are made with real, recognizable ingredients, including tender white fish, flour, eggs, and panko. Skip the store-bought frozen version and make these in the same amount of time.
Are fish sticks really just for kids?
Wait just a second before you come down on us for feeding kids fish sticks. We’re proponents of feeding kids real foods, not just dummied-down versions of real foods. But when you think about it, how much more real does it get than fish, bread crumbs, and lemon?
Fancy Fish Sticks
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- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 30 M
- Serves 4
In a large shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. In another shallow bowl, combine the beaten eggs with salt and pepper. Working with 1 piece of fish at a time, gently coat the fish first with the flour, turning to coat both sides and shaking off any excess, then dip it into the beaten egg, coating it well. Finish the fish stick by rolling it in the bread crumbs. Repeat.
Heat about 1/4 inch oil in a large, deep-sided skillet until hot but not smoking. Fry the fish strips in batches, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides and cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Transfer the fish sticks to paper towels to drain.
Season the fish sticks with salt and serve with the lemon wedges and, if desired, ketchup or tartar sauce. Originally published February 12, 2013.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Never purchase fish sticks again! With this recipe, making fish sticks is very simple, and you’ve the added benefit of knowing exactly what kind of fish is going into them. Topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, this makes for a great anytime meal.
Rather than deep-frying them, I panfried them in about 1/4 inch of oil, and I suspect that they could be baked as well.
In the future, I’d consider adding some seasonings to the panko crumbs (or breadcrumbs, but I prefer the texture of panko)—maybe some fresh herbs or some spices, depending on the fish.
Fish is considered the “F” word in this house. Over the years I’ve prepared various types using various preparations and all for naught. My picky duo was never impressed and would eat nary a nibble. Well, times they are a-changin’. My white fish of choice was tilapia since it was on sale, and I made my own bread crumbs using the remains of a stale baguette. I fried the fish in olive oil since I’m trying to count calories and didn’t think it’d adversely affect the outcome of the fish, which it didn’t. The fancy fish sticks weren’t overly fancy, but they were golden and crisp on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside.
I made a dipping sauce using a reduced-cal mayo, a smashed garlic clove, some lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and served the fish with a side of steamed white rice and a spinach salad. It was a hit! Not sure I’ll bust out the fancy china for these sticks, but I’m thrilled to have a fish recipe that’s a family fave!