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Homemade Fish Sticks Recipe

Homemade Fish Sticks Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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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."

holland.janet User ID: 5691678 229938
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"Disappointing. Bland in taste and had to remove breading to check for flakiness (doneness). Glad only made 2 servings"

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 224577
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"Good but seemed a little lacking in flavor...I even used smoked paprika like another reviewer suggested. The addition of low fat tartar sauce fixed that though. Also--I completely forgot about the butter spray and it turned out that they didn't need it anyways."

PatLagace User ID: 1307810 220129
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"Delicious! Didn't get as brown as in the photo. Next time, I may try pan frying instead of using the oven."

jmscanlan User ID: 6907828 185449
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"These were GREAT! SO easy and tasty! I added some Parmesan cheese to the breading. Kids loved it! MUCH better introduction of fish sticks to the kiddos than the boxed stuff!"

cctp1016 User ID: 1672997 114353
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"Very yummy!"

jessilyn8508 User ID: 7336216 181811
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"I added zest of 1 lemon too then bread crumbs (and I used panko) and I added lemon juice of said lemon to the egg mixture came out amazing and now my 5yr old won't eat frozen fish sticks any more lol"

Wingslady User ID: 3694773 182049
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"Made exactly as written with Panko breadcrumbs. Will double the breading next time as I like a lot of covering."

Jaydi21123 User ID: 7165381 166859
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"Awesome! A sophisticated version of a childhood treat! We loved them!"

dv80det User ID: 6287729 164463
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012 Edited Jul. 22, 2015

"This was great!"

flower224 User ID: 6443925 99169
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"Used smoked sweet paprika instead of regular too like another reviewer suggested. Loved the flavor. Instead of butter spray I used a couple drips of olive oil over pieces and it toasted and crisped up fine. I did towards the end crank the heat up to 425 to ensure good crisp fish."

deets17 User ID: 6496035 124860
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2012

"Very good and easy way to make fish. I definitely recommend it and have made it a few times."

Summy User ID: 1386846 114725
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I use tilapia filets, and skip the butter flavored spray. I tried this with smoked paprika which gave these a wonderful depth of flavor. These turn out crisp and wonderful. A keeper recipe."

mewolcott412 User ID: 875327 164462
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"While the process to make them was easy, I found the coating to be lacking in flavor. They were bland and boring."

camberc User ID: 1192727 210827
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"These are great! Even non-fish eaters will love them. I made a second batch with half cornmeal and half Parmesan cheese because I was out of bread crumbs by then, and my husband liked them even more. Great recipe!"

cheeriogirl User ID: 2355136 114723
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010

"by the way, I agree, I skipped the fake spray and just drizzled with a little melted butter--great"

cheeriogirl User ID: 2355136 124858
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010

"My picky preschooler LOVES these. Great recipe!!"

ellisue User ID: 2668720 183440
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"They are the best we ever had and easy, too. I also did not use the butter spray. They were good without it."

cynthiaelliott User ID: 1867504 180781
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010 Edited Jul. 22, 2015

"I would make this recipe again. I did not use the spray on the fish sticks. The fish sticks were crispy and the flavour was great. My family agreed that this recipe was a keeper for us."

anyad47 User ID: 3426844 182048
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"My husband and I have incorporated healthier choices into our overall plan to be better as we age. This is a GREAT recipe. I used panko breadcrumbs that gave the fish a wonderful crunch!"

wiscook User ID: 1143528 114717
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009 Edited Jul. 22, 2015

"these are good"

hemstewart User ID: 3068467 182047
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2009

"I used a combination of panko and wheat germ because I was out of breadcrumbs - my picky kids loved them thank you!!!"

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