We love the classic “kiwi takeaways” Fish and Chips, wrapped in newspaper and most delicious when eaten right by the beach.
The kids especially, ordered them every chance they had while we were on vacation in New Zealand, so I thought I would try a home made version, served with oven baked sweet potato and kumara fries. Even though we are miles and miles from the beach here in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Oven Fried Fish Sticks still tasted wonderful.
OVEN FRIED FISH STICKS WITH TARTAR SAUCE
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons water
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 pounds cod fillets
salt to taste
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped dill pickles
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Heat oven to 375F.
To prepare fish sticks, place flour in a shallow dish or bowl. Place bread crumbs in a second shallow bowl. Combine water and egg in a third shallow dish, stirring with a whisk.
Cut fish into strips. Dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Dip fish in egg mixture and dredge in bread crumbs. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Coat fish with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 30 minutes or until crisp (I turned the grill on at the end of cooking time for about 2 minutes).
To prepare tartar sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Serve tartar sauce with fish.
Recipe adapted from USA Weekend, November 2013