Homemade Fish Sticks: A Healthier Alternative


Treat your little ones to a healthier version of a beloved classic with these Homemade Fish Sticks. Made with fresh ingredients and baked to golden perfection, these fish sticks are not only delicious but also a nutritious alternative to store-bought varieties. Perfect for a quick dinner or a fun snack, these fish sticks are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

Homemade Fish Sticks: A Healthier Alternative

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 5 fish sticks per person


  • White fish fillets (like cod or haddock), 450 grams (1 pound)
  • Whole wheat breadcrumbs, 120 grams (4.2 ounces)
  • Parmesan cheese, grated, 30 grams (1 ounce)
  • Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon (0.07 ounces)
  • Paprika, 1 teaspoon (0.07 ounces)
  • Salt, 1/2 teaspoon (0.03 ounces)
  • Black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon (0.01 ounces)
  • Eggs, 2 large
  • All-purpose flour, 60 grams (2.1 ounces)
  • Olive oil, for greasing

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat Oven & Prepare Baking Sheet: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a baking sheet with olive oil or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the Coating Mixture: In a shallow dish, mix together breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Prepare the Egg Wash: In a separate shallow dish, beat the eggs.
  4. Dredge the Fish: Cut the fish fillets into stick-like pieces. Coat each piece with flour, dip into the egg wash, and then roll in the breadcrumb mixture. Ensure each piece is well coated.
  5. Bake: Place the coated fish sticks on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden and crispy.
  6. Serve: Let them cool slightly and serve with your kids' favorite dipping sauce.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Freshness Matters: Use fresh fish for the best flavor and texture.
  • Even Sizes: Cut the fish into even sizes for uniform cooking.
  • Don't Overcrowd: Place the fish sticks in a single layer on the baking sheet to ensure even cooking and crispiness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I use any type of fish for this recipe? Yes, but mild white fish like cod or haddock works best for flavor and texture.
  • Can I make these fish sticks gluten-free? Absolutely! Just use gluten-free breadcrumbs and flour.
  • How do I store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven to retain crispiness.