Fish sticks are a traditional way to introduce young children to seafood. They also will keep your toddler busy in her high chair so you can have a few minutes of mealtime peace.This recipe tastes much better than the frozen kind — and since the fish is baked instead of deep-fried, it's healthier too.
- Heat oven to 450. Spread oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss crumbs, grated cheese, and seasonings together in a shallow dish until blended. Put flour into another shallow dish and beaten eggs into a third shallow bowl.
- Coat each piece of fish evenly with flour. Then dip each floured piece into beaten eggs. Last of all, turn each piece around in crumb mixture until evenly coated.
- Place each coated piece of fish onto the oiled sheet, then turn pieces over so both sides are oiled. Bake until golden brown, about 10 to 14 minutes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, tartar sauce, ranch dressing, or (gasp!) ketchup, as your family prefers.
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We all liked the fishsticks. They were so much healthier than store bought ones and they were fun to make and fun to eat. I think they were a great success.
I may try using corn meal next time instead of regular flour...or perhaps I could mix corn meal into the breadcrumb mixture. It might give it a different flavor. I needed to dd an extra egg and increase the amount of the breadcrumbs because we started running low towards the end, and I also didn't need to cook it quite as long as the recipe suggested either. The fishsticks also tend to stick a lot on the baking sheet - maybe more little more oil or cooking spray?
This was a great recipe to make with kids. I put the plates with the egg, the flour and the breadcrumb on the counter and after I cut up the strips of fish the kids got busy. They dipped and breaded and put everything on the baking sheets. It made a royal mess on the counter and the floor but it was totally worth it. The kids felt so important and kept talking about what a good job they were doing. It's nice to find a recipe for a real meal (not just dessert) that is kid friendly to make.