Last week my daughter asked for fish sticks for dinner after seeing a character from her favorite show eating them. Of course, this character was eating old school, mysterious meaty fish sticks that you might find in a cafeteria somewhere, that weren’t about to be on my table. Don’t get me wrong, I do remember eating these as a kid, drenched in a little ketchup/mayo combo, but I also used to pretend to smoke candy cigarettes during those days, this which is not happening today.
So I cut some salmon and redfish into fish stick style slices, used panko breadcrumbs for extra crunch, and served with sides of homemade pie sauce and that old fashioned ketchup/mayo dipping sauce that I used to dip mine as a kid, so my little ones could get the full fish stick experience. They were a hit! Without any leftovers – everyone ate every bite. Plus, they looked just like the ones on the show, so my daughter was thrilled.
If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce more local fish into your little ones’ diets, these fish sticks are definitely the way to go.
Kid-Friendly Salmon and Redfish Fish Fingers
• 1 pound salmon, skin removed and cut into fish stick sized pieces
• 1 pound redfish, skin removed and cut into fish stick sized pieces (this redfish is from Federated Seafood)
• 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 tablespoon Johnny’s Seasoning Salt
Heat the oil to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and Johnny’s. Whisk to completely combine the ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the milk and egg. Finally, pour your panko crumbs into a third bowl.
Coat the salmon and redfish on all sides with the flour mixture, then with the egg mixture, then with the panko breadcrumbs. For this step, I press the panko onto the fish to make sure it’s fully coated for extra crispiness.