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This must be the #1 all time classic kids meal. With a little clean eating makeover, of course.
A clean eating version of most kids favorite dish – Fish fingers. Hot, cold, on their own, in a wrap or part of a meal, these golden and crispy fish nuggets are made with real fish fillets, panko breadcrumbs and egg. Super simple!
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My husband and two of the four kids love to fish and we have an amazing fishing spot about 8 minutes from home (don’t tell anyone coz’ apparently fisherman like to keep their spots a secret). So we are pretty lucky to have fresh fish for dinner most of the Summer.
To keep my marriage intact and my freezer full of fish, I let my husband do all the fishing. He isn’t complaining though. Quiet time on the boat. Only two kids. And I’m happy about it. The man is seriously blessed I tell ya.
When my kids were little (aka pre-clean eating days), I would buy weekly boxes of fish fingers. The dodgy ones. The premade 40 in a pack, not sure how much fish is actually in it, kind of fish fingers. But then I figured out how to make them.
These crispy, golden fish nuggets are actually ridiculously easy to make at home and take about the same amount of time to cook. I can’t even call it kids food anymore. These are a delight that any adult would happily devour. I know. Because I do.
Only 5 Ingredients
This recipe only uses 5 ingredients, so nothing complicated.
Where to Get Panko Bread Crumbs
If I need to use bread crumbs in a recipe, I do one of two things:
- Make my own using stale wholewheat bread. Simply whizz the bread up in your food processor then bake for around 5 minutes in a low oven (100.C / 200F). Store in an air tight container till you need them, OR
- I use Panko bread crumbs. You can get them in almost any store and when you compare the ingredients list to that of standard breadcrumbs, you will see why I use them every now and again in my clean eating plan.
Don’t forget the fries
‘Fish and Chips’ wouldn’t be the same without the ‘chips’ part of the meal. Keep it healthy by oven baking your own using regular potatoes or sweet potatoes. Just add a little olive oil, salt and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until they start to crisp. Serve it all up with some all natural ketchup and fresh lemon slice.
Did you Know…
OK, so maybe I’m giving away my age here, but when I was a kid ... (don’t all the best stories start with this) ... we would order fish and chips from the local takeout and get it served wrapped up in yesterdays newspaper. You got dinner and a read. If you were really, really lucky – you got the page with the cartoons.
Anyway. They don’t do that anymore. Apparently it’s a hygiene thing. Which makes sense, but if you are willing to overlook the germ thing (and I know a lot of you may be squirming at this, so just skip this bit), maybe give the kids a taste of the good ol’ days and serve them their fish and chips dinner all wrapped up in yesterdays news.
Homemade Fish Fingers
- 4 Fish Fillets
- 1 Cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 Eggs lightly beaten
- Olive oil for frying
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat pan on stove top.
- Add a little oil.
- Cut Fish Fillets into 1/2 inch strips (or bigger if you want thicker fish fingers). Each fillet makes 6 - 8 fish fingers in our home.
- Dip the fish in egg, then in crumb.
- Place crumbed fish in hot pan and fry for about 2 min a side, until golden.
- I cook the fish fingers in batches of 6 to 8 per pan (so around one full fillet per batch)
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve with fresh lemon, oven baked chips and fresh salad.