Homemade Fish Sticks Recipe
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Homemade Fish Sticks Recipe

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I'm a nutritionist and needed a healthy fish fix. Moist inside and crunchy outside, these are great with oven fries or roasted veggies and low-fat homemade tartar sauce. —Jennifer Rowland, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 pound cod fillets, cut into 1-inch strips
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 278 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 718mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a shallow bowl, mix bread crumbs and seasonings. Place flour and egg in separate shallow bowls. Dip fish in flour to coat both sides; shake off excess. Dip in egg, then in crumb mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
  2. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; spritz with butter-flavored cooking spray. Bake 10-12 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, turning once. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Homemade Fish Sticks in Healthy Cooking June/July 2009, p63

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 264438
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017


cynandtom User ID: 2224843 264421
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

"quick, easy and yummy! We drizzled with melted butter rather than cooking spray."

Susie77 User ID: 98373 263652
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2017

"This is a healthy and excellent way to fix a firm-fleshed fish; we have whitefish easily available up here in the UP and that is what I used. Dredging the fish in flour first lets the batter stick .... great tip! Like one reviewer said, I also added Parmesan cheese to my crumb mixture.

easy tartar sauce: One tablespoon of mayo or Miracle Whip, one tsp. of sweet pickle relish, a dash of lemon juice, and a dash of Old Bay if you like it to zing. Use these ratios to make as much as you need."

gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 260896
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"A quick and easy dinner. Thank goodness for another totally kid-friendly recipe!"

NJ_mommy_1 User ID: 3034114 256494
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2016

"This was very good but I did a couple of things differently. I used flounder instead of cod, I buttered the pan instead of using cooking spray and I added grated Parmesan cheese to the bread crumb mixture to give it more flavor. I will be making this again, thanks!"

WVAFEMALE User ID: 7600687 236308
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"First recipe that I have been able to keep the coating on the fish. This is a quick, easy and delicious recipe. I made it into fillets instead of sticks. Sides were asian rice and california vegetable blend."

slowstitch User ID: 7439564 233134
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

"My husband and I enjoyed this recipe. I left the fish fillets whole and used a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature since the fillets were thick. The only change I will make the next time I cook these will be to decrease the amount of salt. Thank you for sharing your recipe, Jennifer!"

angcy User ID: 1160970 230917
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"This recipe is good. I used Cod and it smelled really fishy during the baking process. However, the taste of the fish was not at all fishy. Picky toddlers and husband like the dish. I will try it with tilapia next time."

RooteeJ User ID: 6801974 230126
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"Halibut is much higher in mercury than cod! Actually cod is in the "moderate" level as far as mercury is concerned, along with chunk light tuna and lobster. It does not have high levels of mercury, unlike other fish like swordfish and orange roughy. Recommendation is no more than 6 meals a month of moderate level fish for pregnant women and children. However, Other fish with a lower level are tilapia, flounder, and haddock - all of which can be substituted for cod. I would not hesitate using any of these fish for this recipe - or even cod on occasion if that's what i had on hand."

azbaker62 User ID: 7952581 229988
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2015

"The recipe in general is okay; however, you never want to use Cod. It is a fish with high levels of mercury. But, it is less expensive. I use hallibut instead as it doesn't have as high of a level of mercury. I know it is more expensive, but if you can't afford good health, you certainly can't afford illness. I wonder why a nutritionist would suggest cod! Instead of a cooking spray out of a can, a mister with olive oil is much better. To make it even healthier, homemade with organic bread is the best, but Panka could be a better choice than canned crumbs. Check label for high fructose corn syrup and MSG. All in all, not a bad recipe."

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