Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Homemade Fish Sticks
Growing up, I ate alot of fish sticks. Being asian, I ate them with rice, while everyone else perhaps got mac and cheese. Then I grew up and started reading labels, and well, I wish I could like them the same way but I can't. Too much sodium, fat and other ingredients I can't pronounce.
Making them from scratch is very easy though, I bake them so they are healthier, not quite the same as when I was young, but pretty tasty none the less. Instead of ketchup I make a homemade tarter sauce which is even easier!
I used tilapia fillets, and sorry, didn't notice where they were from, and (gasp!) even worse, I served these with a side of Ora Ida Zesty Curls, bad bad bad! Kind of like drinking a diet Coke with your Big Mac! Oh well, I did it, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa. I also made quite a bit of both, and they were goooooood!!
Homemade Fish Sticks
6 small tilapia fillets, thawed
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 c seasoned italian bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
salt, pepper and seasoning of your choice (garlic powder, paprika etc)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a foil covered cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Cut your tilapia or any mild white fish lengthwise into "fingers". Season with salt, pepper and or seasonings of your choice. (I used Sylvia's Soulful Seasoning). Put your beaten eggs in a flat container or plate, season. Put your bread crumbs in another flat container or plate and season them a little too.
Dip the fish into the eggs, then into the bread crumbs, pressing the crumbs onto all their surfaces. Place on the cookie sheet, and do the same to the rest of the fish.
Lightly spray the crumb coated fish with cooking spray, or drizzle with a little oil. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, break one open and see if the fish is opaque and fully cooked. Try not to overcook.
Homemade Tarter Sauce
3/4 cup olive oil mayo, or mayo of choice
3 tbsp, more or less of sweet relish
1 tsp yellow prepared mustard
Mix, taste, add more relish if necessary, and chill until ready to serve.