Time: 20 minutes plus 15 minutes baking
Serves: 2 adults, 2 small children
Our kids, like most others love fish fingers. When we have them for dinner J and I have our own ‘grown up’ fish which lately the kids have seemed to enjoy even more than their own. I thought it would be a good idea to make our own ‘homemade fish fingers’ using some lovely fresh fish from our local fish monger. I generally like to make dinners from scratch so I don’t see why fish fingers should be an exception.
We made these in the same way we’ve made our chicken schnitzel and chicken nuggets in the past, just coating them in breadcrumbs and baking in the oven. The kids love doing things like this as they can do most of the steps themselves and get a real sense of achievement. You can also tweak them to your own taste by adding various herbs and spices or Parmesan to the breadcrumbs.
2 large fish (approx 400g) (cod, haddock or other white fish)
150g (2 cups) breadcrumbs
4 tbsp flour
Preheat the oven to 180 and line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper.
Prepare the coating
There are three parts to the crumb – flour, egg and breadcrumbs and all three are easy for kids to do themselves. As there are a few different steps it can be easy to divide them up between your kids if you have more than one helper.
Start by getting your kids to spoon some flour into a dish.
Next, get your child to crack the egg into a dish and mix it with a fork.
Finally, make the breadcrumbs. We tore up two slices of bread, and whizzed them up in our hand food processor. Slightly stale bread works a bit better, but I just normally use the heals from whatever bread we have open. You can add seasoning if you like at this point, or some parmesan or herbs. Put the breadcrumbs in a dish ready for dipping.
Top tip: if you make too many breadcrumbs pop some in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer until the next time you need some.
Prepare the fish
Make sure there are no bones in your fish then cut them into nice fish finger sizes. We got about 6 ‘fingers’ out of each of our fish.
Make the fish fingers
Get your kids to take a piece of fish and dip it first into the flour, then the egg and breadcrumbs making sure all the sides are coated.
Place it on the prepared baking tray.
Repeat this until all the fish are coated.
Bake your homemade fish fingers
Bake the fish fingers in the oven for around 15-20 minutes. They’re ready when the fish is cooked through and the breadcrumb coating has started to brown a little.
I find it easier to pop them in the oven because I can forget about them and get the rest of dinner ready but you could fry the fish fingers in a hot pan. Simply cook them in a frying pan in a little oil for a few minutes on each side until they are cooked through.