Dish out your favorite dipper, and bite into one of these crunchy homemade fish sticks! Tender, protein-rich fish sticks are coated with a crispy breading and a surprise ingredient for extra nutrition!
Did you know? You don’t have to be a bearded man in a yellow poncho to serve up crispy, crunchy, and tender fish sticks!
It’s true. If you have 30 minutes and a pound of white fish, you’re well on your way to making this frozen-food classic, right in your own kitchen.
Nowadays, you can actually buy decent bakes fish sticks in the freezer aisle. But when you make fish sticks yourself, you’ll have the pleasure of eating the very freshest-tasting fish, the nutrition of homemade breading (power-packed with flaxseeds!) and the pride of serving your kids a from-scratch meal.
So let’s add this one to the meal plan, shall we?
Fish Sticks Fit for Kids
Kids and seafood go great together, for oh-so-many reasons. Fish is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids that support healthy brain development and cardiovascular health, too. (Maybe you’re not thinking about heart-healthy foods for your toddlers just yet. But when we make heart-healthy foods normal for kids, we prepare them for a lifetime of heart-healthy choices.)
These crunchy fish sticks have a texture that kids find irresistible: crispy on the outside and tender, mild, and easy-to-chew on the inside. Even toddlers who are still learning to become proficient at chewing can nibble on these tasty sticks (just make sure they’re cool enough.)
If your kids need a little enticement to dig into this fish dish, don’t underestimate the power of a good dip. Let them pick a flavor (or two) and watch those fish sticks disappear.
How to Make Homemade Fish Sticks
If you’ve made your own chicken tenders before, you’ll be a pro at making homemade fish sticks. Set up a little assembly line for yourself to get started. That way, you can be super-efficient at cook-time. Here’s what you’ll need in the lineup:
First dish: Set out a pound of raw, plain white fish cut into strips. Most any type of white fish will do, like tilapia, cod, or haddock. (Make note: flounder may be a bit too delicate for this recipe.)
Second dish: Whisk the egg whites with some cracked pepper in a bowl. This will make the fish sticky so the breading stays put.
Third dish: Add all the dry ingredients for the breading to a bowl. You’ll dredge the fish in the dry breading so each piece is fully coated before cooking.
Last dish: Make this a large, clean empty plate where you can store your beautifully encrusted fish sticks before they’re ready to hit the pan.
Move through your assembly line with each piece of fish (it’s OK to move a couple of fish sticks into each bowl at a time, if it helps you move faster.) When all the fish sticks are breaded, begin frying them in a skillet lightly coated with avocado oil or olive oil.
About four minutes per side gets the breading nice and crispy, and the fish flaky and tender. As soon as they’re done cooking, serve them up! Offer them alongside a steamed veggie and your kids’ favorite dippers, like barbecue, honey-mustard, tartar sauce, or ketchup.