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Homemade Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

These homemade fish sticks are baked to a golden crisp and put the stuff from the frozen food section to shame.
Course Entree or Side
Cuisine Pescetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Author Killing Thyme

Ingredients

  • 25 oz fresh cod, cut into strips 1 inch thick, 4 inches long (approximate)
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs, toasted See notes
  • 2 TBSP Old Bay seasoning (optional) Can substitute chopped fresh herbs and/or parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1-1.5 cups of all purpose flour

Materials

    Instructions

    • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
    • Remove fish from fridge and let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes so it can come to room temperature. Once it's at room temp, gently pat the fish with a paper towel and season it with a bit of salt and pepper. Cut into strips that measure about 1 inch thick and 4 inches long.
    • Create an assembly line with three bowls: one containing the flour, one containing the beaten eggs, and one containing the *toasted panko bread crumbs. (See notes fro toasting bread crumbs.)
    • Add the Old Bay seasoning (or herbs/parmesan) to the toasted panko breadcrumbs; stir to combine.
    • Dredge each fish stick in flour, egg, and panko bread crumbs, then place on a clean baking sheet. Do this with each one until you're done.
    • Place the fish sticks in the oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until the fish has an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees F. If you don't have a meat thermometer, just check by flaking one of the sticks. If the center is opaque, you're good to go.
    • Serve with your choice of dipping sauce; I definitely recommend my homemade ketchup :) Link for the recipe in the notes.

    Notes

    Toasting bread crumbs: Heat a dry pan over moderate heat. Add the panko bread crumbs and, stirring often, toast until 1/2 of the bread crumbs are golden brown. Stan by and make sure you don't burn the crumbs. Pre-toasting them before baking them ensures a nice golden crisp.
    My Homemade Ketchup recipe can be found here.