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Crispy baked Fish Sticks are an easy weeknight dinner that will have your family running to the dinner table. Any firm fish will work with this simple breaded fish dinner.
Fish Sticks are always a family favorite but they can be expensive to feed a large family. Try this budget friendly meal that is almost just as easy as the prepared version from the freezer section of your grocery store.
I grew up in my family’s catfish restaurant where all of the food was deep fried and I am still a huge fan of deep fried fish of any kind. We often have a fish fry on the weekend with the whole family. For busy weeknights though, I love this oven baked fish.
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Dredge fish through all purpose flour, shaking off any excess.
Dip in egg mixture, coating both sides.
Then place into seasoned Panko, pressing lightly for breadcrumbs to adhere to fish.
Place on a lined or greased baking sheet in a single layer, not touching.
Bake fish sticks for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown and fish has reached 145° internal temperature.
Serve with tartar sauce and fresh lemon slices.
Tips for Breading Fish:
Dredging the fish in flour before the egg and milk mixture will give the egg something to stick to. Then coat with the Panko breadcrumbs, which are great for getting a crunchy crust. Crushed crackers like Ritz or potato chips will also make a great breading.
How to Tell if Fish is Done:
Fish will become flaky when it is cooked through. Use a meat thermometer to check that the fish has reached 145° internal temperature.
Great Side Dishes to Serve with Fish:
Creamy Coleslaw is my go- to side dish for fish. It takes me back to the days of our family restaurant and it’s so easy to make.
Thai Cucumber Salad is so refreshing and delicious with fish. It might sound like an odd pairing but we’ve been making this for our weekend fish fry and it’s the perfect combination.
Rice is one of my favorite side dishes for fish, we often stir in sautéd peppers and onions for a flavorful side dish like you see in the photos.
Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes are a quick and easy side dish for any meal and very flavorful with garlic and herbs.
More Fish & Shrimp Recipes to Try:
Smoked Paddlefish Tacos are incredibly flavorful and delicious. Not your average taco night!
Beer Battered Catfish Po Boys are a family favorite. Crispy fried catfish served up on hoagie buns with lots of coleslaw. Yum!
Southern Fried Shrimp is one of my most popular recipes. So simple to make and incredibly irresistible!
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- 1 pound firm white fish filets
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons Mediterranean or Italian seasonings
- tartar sauce and fresh lemon slices for serving
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Cut fish into 1 1/2 - 2 inch strips
- Add all purpose flour to a shallow dish.
- Mix egg and milk together in a small shallow dish.
- Add Panko and seasonings to a shallow pie plate and mix well.
- Dredge fish in flour, coating all sides. Dip into egg mixture, coating completely. Place in breadcrumbs and press to coat all sides.
- Place breaded fish on a greased or lined baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart in a single layer.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until fish is flaky and has reached 145° internally.
- Serve fish sticks with tartar sauce and fresh lemon slices.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 154mg Sodium: 496mg Carbohydrates: 57g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 38g