Many parents in my private practice complain that their children do not eat fish in any form. Apparently, fish is a challenging food for many children, but it is so good for them (and for grown-ups, too) that finding a simple and delicious way to prepare it quickly at home may eventually convert your fish-fobiacs into seafood-addicts.
Although breaded fish is considered “kid-friendly”, I do not recommend serving it as a special food for your kids, but instead sit down together as a family to enjoy this dinner. Read here How we tackle the kids’ menus. If you are happily eating your child’s favorite food, next time when you serve food prepared “the grown-up” way, she will be more likely to give it a try, too. Just do not forget to use the correct feeding strategy. Read Division of responsibility works.
I know that you can buy frozen fish fingers in a grocery store. But the ingredients’ list on many of them have does not look very “wholesome” to me. Here is what is inside the Gorton Fish Sticks Value Pack: Minced Pollack, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil (Cottonseed, Canola, Soybean, And/Or Rice Bran), Water, Yellow Corn Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Salt, Whey Dextrose, Dried Yeast, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Caramel Color, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Monosodium Glutamate, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Colored With Paprika, Annatto And Turmeric Extracts, Natural Flavoring, Rice Flour, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate (To Retain Fish Moisture), TBHQ (To Protect Flavor).
This is definitely more complicated and misterious-looking than the list of ingredients I am using in our home-made fish sticks.
1 pounds of white fish fillets (cod, founder, porgy, scrod or any flaky white fish)
Salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup olive oil, for frying
Prepare your “assembly line” – flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs. Cut the fish fillets into 3 inch pieces and season them with salt and pepper.
One by one, coat the fish fillets in flour, dip in the egg mixture to coat them and then cover them in bread crumbs. Here is the prepared product before frying.
We fried the fish fingers in olive oil, but you can also spray them with oil and bake them in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 350F.
Finished product served with green beans. Yum!!!!