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.


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

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

  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!

  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 :).

  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!

  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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