October 17, 2010

Kid Friendly Fish Sticks

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem


I make an effort to give my kids the same food that the adults are eating. This way, they're exposed to new flavors and foods and I don't have to end up making 5 types of food for one meal just to make everyone happy. But every now and then, some meals are a bit too spicy for them, so I'll make the occasional modification or two.


On the night of the spicy fish, I reserved fillet for the kids and kept it spice-free. When it came time to cook them up I remembered how my children HATE fish. I mean, hate. I've tried mashing, mixing and flavoring it but to no avail, they can always detect it from before that first bite. But what if it was hidden under a crunch, flavorful coating? We've tried those horrible boxed, frozen fish sticks before but I know how different (better!) the home made versions of things can be, so I took a stab at it.


Success! The kids ate them, with the help of a little dab of ketchup but who cares, they got a huge serving of Omega 3's and didn't even realize it, alhamdulillah! This recipe can be modified so many ways: different types of fish, rolling in different sauce before the crumb coating, different herbs mixed into the crumbs, etc. Just remember to go easy on the oil when frying; you can still get a golden outer crust in a shallow fry while avoiding the extra fat of a deep fry.


Speaking of fish, my recipe was featured over here where some amazing stuff happens. Take a looksie at all the other cool things the sisters over there are doing, masha'allah!

Home Made Fish Sticks

1 Swai fillet (or any firm fish)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (fresh herbs would be much better)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten

1. Cut the fish crosswise, into "sticks". Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Mix the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt in a seperate bowl.

3. Dip fish into egg and then roll to coat in breadcrumbs.

4. Shallow fry on medium heat for about 2 - 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve warm.

6 comments:

  1. I plan on making the spicy fish tomm night...these will be very good for D and Z ;)jazakAllah khayr!

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  2. Yay, insha'Allah! I hope the boys like them. I value kids' approval more than adults, lol. Let me know insha'allah!

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  3. You are right, home made fish sticks are soooo much nicer than boxed, shop bought! You get more fish under the coating too, lol! Sometimes I bite into the coating and am left hunting for the fish!

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  4. As salam alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    Alhamdulillah, it's awesome to find a blog that's both halal and cool :)).I loved the dishes I have checked out so far,keep more of them coming!!.

    JazakAllahu khairan ukhti,take care, fiamanillah :).

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  5. Walaikum Salaam Anonymous, wow, I think that's probably one of the best compliments I've received! Glad you enjoy things so far, keep those reviews coming!

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  6. Cant wait to try it inshallah, thanks!
    Can you recommend a substitute for garlic powder? Not sure if I can find that in India, thanks!

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