These healthy Cornmeal Crusted Fish Sticks are super-crunchy and kid-approved. The best part: the hand-breading method doesn’t involve messy fingers! Don’t skip the Homemade Tarter Sauce.
Recently, we took a “family field trip.” We drove The Great River Road to Grafton, Illinois observing the beautiful sheer rock/earth bluffs along the Mississippi River. (Who knew the Mighty Mississippi could be so beautiful, even in winter?)
The kids were thrilled to take a car ferry over the Mississippi to Calhoun County. (It’s the only county I know that’s a peninsula into the Mississippi!) Here in the tiny town of Hardin, we discovered one of the most delicious road food restaurants on the planet.
And it was from the Kid’s Menu (of all places) at Mel’s Riverdock Restaurant that we ordered the very best fish sticks I’ve tasted.
These best-fish-sticks-ever were made from Mississippi catfish, were crunchy from cornmeal, and were just-salty-enough. And for the first time in my dear 7 year-old’s life, he “liked fish!”
I’ve tried to perfect healthier fish sticks – that weren’t fried. But it’s a pain; there are just so many steps: Flouring, egg washing, and then corn-meal dredging. Talk about sticky, messy fingers. Then while baking, they have to be flipped halfway through.
Then, I discovered a method for hand-breading without messy fingers:
- Toss the fish in an egg wash – neatly in a bowl!
- Cornmeal dredge by shaking in a zip-top bag.
This a new version of best ever fish sticks emerged. They tasted just like Mel’s Riverdoc Restaurant fish sticks. No messy finger! Try this easy way to hand-bread (healthy) fish sticks: Crunchy Cornmeal Crusted Fish Sticks via @TspCurry Click To TweetPrint
And for the second time in his 7 year-old life, my son again said he “liked fish”…which was almost as exciting as listening to him tell his grandma about our “Family Field Trip to the Mississippi.”
Do your kids eat fish or do they turn up their noses?