Saturday, 23 June 2012

Weekend cooking: Baked fish sticks

Like many children, one of my favourite moments in my mother's kitchen when growing up were the (ready-purchased, frozen) fish sticks.  A novelty at the time, it entailed all things good and healthy and tasty in my mind. The fact that they were deep-fried only served as the added bonus for being a good child...

Fast forward to present day, when I realise that I haven't had fish sticks for some decades, because: a. I'm not thrilled by deep-frying anything, b.  when frozen meat/fish is already covered in "breadcrumbs", I cannot see what the original looks like, and I do want to see the quality... c.  the end result more often than not has deceived me in the taste department.

Enter my friend Jessi (check out her great blog!), who - being the investigative mind - has looked around and come up with a great recipe for home-made baked fish sticks.  What a great invention!  I copied her recipe, made some changes (of course...) and I am thrilled to say I am happy again, like a child, to taste the fish sticks from so long ago...


Jessi's fish sticks

fish sticks with "tartar" sauce
400g white fish, fresh or thawed
4 wheat crackers (I used the Ikea ones) 
100g white breadcrumbs
Seasoning:  smoked paprika, dried onion, salt/pepper
2 eggs, beaten
200g white flour (I used gluten-free)
juice from 1 lemon

Preheat oven at 200oC. Pulse crackers with breadcrumbs and seasoning to the consistency desired: I did it in two batches, and had one super-fine and one slightly thicker (if anything, I want variety!). I use Jessi's method of having everything ready on the counter, so that I work very quickly: cut the fish into a 2cm*5cm sticks. Quickly dip in lemon juice, cover in flour, pat the extra off, dunk in egg mixture with the help of two forks, and then dive in crumbs and shake to cover the whole lot.

In a baking tray, place a baking sheet, and spray with oil. Place the breadcrumb-covered fish sticks, spray with a tiny bit of oil and cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning once.  Delish!!!

Now, with these sticks what better accompaniment but a tartar sauce???
Problem:  I like neither pickles nor capers (standard part of a tartar sauce). After researching and tasting yet again, this is an amazing recipe I came up with that fully meets the seal of approval from even the very difficult customers:

good as the real one....
My "tartar sauce"

120g mayonnaise
120g Greek yogurt
juice from one small lemon
1 hard-boiled egg, finely chopped
2 tbsp shallot, finely chopped
10 green olives, finely chopped 
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

Combine, taste, store in air-tight container, keep in fridge...

This post is my entry into Weekend Cooking, a weekly event hosted by Beth Fish Reads.


  1. Sounds so much nicer than the frozen fish sticks (with little fish) of my youth!

  2. I wish I had this recipe when my boys were young, they would have loved it.

  3. Will pass on to my daughter-in-law the grans love fish sticks!

  4. I so loved fish sticks as a kid, especially with fries.

    1. Didn't we all? Now we can enjoy these little pleasures again!

  5. Great post and idea. Have a super week.

    1. Mant thanks Carole - same to you!

  6. Oh I like this -- what a nostalgic recipe with modern update. No frying and real fish instead of who knows what. Even though I like capers and pickles I think your tartar sauce sounds awesome.

  7. Glad you like it!

  8. This is a recipe I have to try !

    1. extremely easy to make - both recipes!

  9. They look great! Must try the tartar sauce!

    1. yes, you must! and thanks again for the fish stick recipe!

  10. Those look way better than the fish sticks I had as a kid!

  11. Oh, this looks like a DELICIOUS meal. I am bookmarking the recipe.

    1. (I can confirm this meal did not last very long...) Glad you like it!!




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