Monday, April 23, 2012

Healthy Fish Sticks

My mom wasn't a big fan of cooking. As a kid my sister and I were involved in a lot of different activities and sometimes most of the time dinner came from the freezer.

As a kid I was a really picky eater and my sister was even picker than I was so my mother didn't have much to work with. Needless to say we saw a lot of frozen franken-fish sticks.

I have dreaded seeing a fish stick for my entire adult life. However after running across the idea of making my own fish sticks, I decided to give it a chance.

These sticks can not even be compared to frozen fish sticks. First, they are healthier because they are baked and not fried. Second, it's not some weird fishy-fish parts, it's a fillet...that I cut myself!

Kid are going to LOVE these and adults too! The breading is crunchy and spot on. The only thing I would change next time is to add some spices to the panko to give it a little more flavor.

Did you have tons of frozen franken-fish sticks as a kid also?

Homemade Fish Sticks

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. paprika
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 t. black pepper
3/4 lb cod fillets

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Cut the cod into roughly 1″ strips.

Place the flour in one bowl. Place the beaten eggs and lemon juice in a second bowl. Place the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, paprika, and pepper in a third bowl. Now dip each fish strip in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumb mixture. Flour, egg, breadcrumb. Flour, egg, breadcrumb.

Place the strips on a well-buttered baking sheet. Give them a little space to keep them from touching.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, flipping them over halfway through the baking. You’ll know they are done when the fish easily flakes when you poke it with a fork.

Recipe by: The Prairie Homestead 

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