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When I was little there was nothing I hated more then the nights that my parents went out (this was before I was a teenager, mind you). But I dreaded these nights not because they were leaving or that I would have to stuck with a babysitter, but because by 5_30pm, my brother and I would be sitting at the dinner table with our frozen fish sticks dinners in front of us. They were always soggy, drenched in salty breadcrumbs and tasted more like chicken and fillers then fish. In fact, after speaking with many people, it became very apparent to me that fish sticks are a lot of people's introduction to fish, thus triggering a childhood disdain for fish in general. I knew I couldn't inflict the same torture on my son.
I had so much fun coming up with this recipe and it was much less expensive buying fresh fish and a big bag of panko then buying a frozen tv dinner with a measly 8 sticks inside.
I've also been using a salt free seasoning lately called Vegit (also known as Spike). It's a really great option when you want to add extra flavor to your little ones dish without a lot of salt. There's only 15 milligrams of sodium per 1/8 teaspoon and it's packed with nutritional yeast and dried herbs.
I think these would be great to serve at a little ones birthday party or even better, when you go out and the kids want a special treat.

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Fish Sticks (Make 8-10 Sticks)

Prep Time: 3 mins Cook Time: 12 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs*
  • 1 Tsp Vegit
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Lb. Fish (tilapia, opah or any firm white fish will do), cut into 2-inch-long sticks
  • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil

Preparation

1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, breadcrumbs and Vegit.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg.
3. Dip the fish sticks in the egg, then coat with the flour mixture. If you keep one hand dry it will prevent your hands and the fish sticks from becoming clumpy with breadcrumbs.
4. Place on a plate until all of the fish sticks are lightly coated.
5. Heat 1-2 Tbsp of the oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
6. Cook half of the fish sticks for 2-3 minutes until golden.
7. Turn them and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes or until fully
cooked through.
8. Repeat with remaining oil and fish sticks.
9. Cool and serve.
*You can find both of these items at Wholefoods and many health food stores
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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31 comments

  • Cathy Hill

    Cath, can't believe you had the same experience I did with fish sticks - only a generation later. It took me a long time to appreciate fresh fish (that did not come in perfect rectangles). I am loving your site.

    Much love, Aunt C

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  • Lee Anne

    Wondering if you had any tartar sauce recipes? I'm going to just search the internet for one tonight - but I always look here first. I've never made one at home before.

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  • Jenn

    I mix some cornmeal in with my outer coating (and sometimes fresh parmesan), spray them lightly w/olive oil or canola, and bake them in the oven at 450 deg. for about 20 minutes, turning once. I've had bad luck w/the fish flaking apart or losing the breading in the frying pan. Before turning them, I gently loosen each fish stick w/a metal spatula and usually there are no casualties. Sure beats the frozen boxed stuff...my kids gobble these fresh sticks like there's no tomorrow! We have fun w/different sauces, too.

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    • JBirecki

      Thank you for posting this, I have very little luck with stove top (though I can cook pasta and make soup), but have always been talented with the oven and would rather bake them than saute.

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  • tive76

    Can this be frozen ???

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    • Andrea

      Good question, I was wondering the same thing. I would think it they could be frozen but does anyone have any confirmation?

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  • Amber

    You mentioned panko in the description, but used breadcrumbs in the recipe. Can you use panko? Why did you decide against it?

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    • Catherine

      You can use either/or :)

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  • Felicia

    We make salmon fish sticks at my house. Kids love them and now they are sed to the taste of the fish and will eat it at restaurants. We break them with milk and seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs and then bake in the oven. We drizzle a bit of olive oil over the sticks before baking which helps crisp them up.

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  • Jessica

    I was JUST thinking yesterday how homemade fish sticks might be the ticket to getting my toddler to eat (and swallow) fish. Fingers crossed! It's on the menu for next week.

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  • Juniper

    Im also wondering about freezing these. Would love to make a big batch since my daughter lOves fish sticks!

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  • Yasmin

    Can I freeze these?, thank you

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  • Catherine

    Yes, freeze them after you've breaded them!

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  • Marisa

    so just to clarify, they can be frozen with the raw egg on them?

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  • Lisa

    I just made these for lunch for my two young girls (2 and 3 1/2) and they (we) LOVED them!! I will definately make these again. :-)

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  • Lisa

    Ok, made these for the second time last night only used panko instead of breadcrumbs. Amazing!!!!! Really loved the crunchy coating that panko gives it.

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  • Shannon

    Just wondering why this recipe is different than the video? And how it affects the how the fish crisps up? In the video version, you dip it in egg and then the breadcrumb/flour/vegit mixture. You reduce it to 2 steps instead of 3. I'm going to go buy the video version (I am all for 2 steps instead of 3) but I was just wondering why the difference! Thanks!

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    • Shannon

      I just wanted to update my post to say that I made these fish sticks using the 2 steps from the video with wild snapper fillets (3 big ones) and the kids ate every last bite of fish. I couldn't believe it. My daughter had a friend over who told me she didn't like fish but was ok with fish sticks. She had 5 pieces. :) I will use this recipe again for sure!

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  • Shannon

    Oops. Try not buy! :)

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  • Laurel

    What if you've cooked them, and they weren't all eaten. What now? Will freezing work?

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tried freezing them after cooking, but I can't see why it wouldn't work. I say give it a try!

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  • Adrimolina

    Hi, what can I replace Vegit with if I don´t have it? Thanks! :)

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    • Catherine

      You can use any salt-free seasoning!

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  • Melanie

    Can you make this with salmon or does it have to be a whitefish?

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  • Christina Curtin

    These were a hit! I had my son help me by shaking the fish in the breadcrumbs in a zipped baggie. I served with a yogurt dip and ketchup to give him a choice and he gobbled them up! They were super easy and I'm looking forward to having them in my freezer.

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  • E.V

    Hi! I was just wondering if I can follow the same recipe to make a tilapia sandwich?

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  • Kalpa

    My picky 2 year old loved these! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    • McCord

      Yay so great!

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