Fish sticks with tartar sauce / Fish fingers / Panko crusted fish sticks/ Finger food / Fish recipe / Thank you Easyfoodsmith

Fish sticks with tartar sauce is the easiest baked finger food made with protein rich salmon. So flaky on the inside and crispy outside a healthy crowd pleasing starter enjoyed year round.

Baked fish sticks / fish finger, do I need to say any thing more!!

fish sticks with tartar sauce ,elephants and the coconut trees
fish sticks with tartar sauce - elephants and the coconut trees
Recently  Taruna of Easy Food Smith blog conducted a giveaway and I had a brain freeze again guess what I won the book that you see below written by Alana Chernila. Thank you so much Taruna for going through all the pains of shipping it to this side of the globe.We exchanged a lot of emails before I could locate the parcel.But I must say however long it takes there is always the thrill of opening a present.

The book says ‘stop buying and start making’. I went through the book and I was really happy to know that I was already making some of the things listed in it like hummus, yogurt, jam, salsa ,salad dressings , lentil soup, corn bread,  ice cream, pizza and a few other recipes.U know the feeling u have when you open a textbook before exams and start looking at the pages there is some sort of relief when you are thorough you go oh I know that!! and that and that!!! there is suddenly a wave of energy reassuring that you are prepared.   It boosts your confidence don’t you think so.I  was feeling the same as I turned the pages until I reached frozen food section I could check off some of those except fish sticks and chicken nuggets.Out of the two we have bought so much fish sticks ( Gorton brand) that the owners would have earned enough to buy a beach front home by now.:)))
When I saw how  easy and straight forward this finger food  recipe was I was asking myself why din’t I do this earlier.Phew !! I have few more to dos in the list like graham crackers,coffee liqueur etc..

  • Before I go to the ingredients  
  • I could not take step by step pics for the simple reason being I had to use both my hands. Using just one hand would ruin a lot of bread crumbs with drippings.
  • As per the recipe given in the book fish goes through 3 coats that is dust with al.fl moisten with egg and again dust with bread crumbs but instead of  egg part I used all purpose flour batter. Believe me for this reason alone the whole place is saved from the eggy smell.
See how flaky the fish looks inside.

Fish sticks with tartar sauce

  • Servings: around 15 - 20 sticks
  • Difficulty: easy
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 ( I used 2 medium sized frozen Salmon fillets)
Fish – 1 pound (Cod,Flounder or any white fish)(boneless )
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Bread crumbs -as required
All purpose flour -3 tbsp for dusting +  1/2  cup for batter or ( 2 large egg whites lightly beaten)
Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Wash and cut the fish fillets into 2 inch long strips and 1/2 inch wide using kitchen shears .Add vinegar, salt and pepper.Keep it  aside for a few minutes.Drain and dust it in 3 tbsp all purpose flour and spread it so that all the water dries up.
    2. Mix all purpose flour with 1/4 cup water to make a slightly thick batter enough to coat the fish but not runny.sprinkle some salt and pepper in it.
    3.Spray the wire rack with cooking oil or spray on an aluminium foil kept on baking  sheet.

4 Assemble everything in the order that is bread crumbs next to it then the  flour batter  and then fish.
5.Use both hands in this stage,take each flour coated strip and  dip in the batter then dredge in bread crumbs roll well  remember to shake off excess in each step and refrigerate for 20  minutes.

6.Preheat oven at 350 F and arrange the fish sticks on the wire rack leaving some distance in between.
Bake for 12-15 or until the fish flakes.Carefully turn once in between after the bottom is cooked for even coloring.
Serve hot with Tarter sauce. ( Recipe below)

Note to make best crispy fish sticks

  • Refrigerate un cooked fish sticks for up to 1 day and frozen upto 3 months.Hence u can make well ahead of time.
  • Do the dipping and dredging really fast as the fish would not  crisp up if it absorbs too much  moisture.
  • Panko is larger bread crumbs and it gives a crispier effect thus I have replaced half of the bread crumbs with panko.

Tartar sauce 

Mayonnise – 1 cup
lemon juice- 1 tbsp
Pickled cucumber- 1 chopped (fresh is fine)
Capers- 1 tbsp (I used  chopped spring onion)
salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything and refrigerate for any hour.Serve as a dip for fish fingers. In short easy recipe right!

Wasn’t that easy.Hope to hear from you lovely people out there about the fish sticks with tartar sauce!


43 Replies to “Fish sticks with tartar sauce / Fish fingers / Panko crusted fish sticks/ Finger food / Fish recipe / Thank you Easyfoodsmith”

  1. Rafeeda AR

    hey, congratulations lady again on the win!!! u can have a mini bookshelf for all that recipe books u will win in the future! 😉 the fish fingers look delicious… just like u said, u need not say anything more!!! 🙂 i loved ur reference to the text book, aah… how much i miss school days!!!

  2. Rekha Vengalil

    Congrats Meena on winning the giveaway 🙂 the fish sticks and the sauce look delicious,, how I wish I could grab that plate. Awesome pics and loved that plate.

  3. Priya

    “We have bought so much fish sticks that the owners would have earned enough to buy a beach front home by now” Lol!

    Congrats on winning the giveaway Meena. Fish sticks are a fav here too 🙂 And that tartar sauce sounds yum 🙂

  4. Nilu A

    Congrats Meena.. Wishing you many more prizes… The tartar sauce with pickled cucumber really sounds delicious.. And the fish sticks are just amazing.. I'm craving them now 🙂

  5. Ritu J Rose

    Congrats!!! Am drooling…It is definitely tempting me… Am noticing a very good improvement in ur clicks…. I appreciate and keep it up 🙂

  6. easyfoodsmith

    Awww…Thank you so much my dear…You are so gracious 🙂

    And my apologies for not visiting earlier but I was caught up with lot of things. I am feeling really bad for this delay 🙁

    Anyways, the fish sticks look awesome with that tartar sauce. Love the pics and I will try it soon. I am so happy to see you enjoying the book. 🙂

  7. Preetha Soumyan

    Hi Meena
    First time on our blog….I saw your wonderful comments on by blog.. thats how i landed on your shore…I loved the way u mentioned about the school days… and your sprinkle of humour about the owners of the fish sticks.. hahha.. its really hard to make people with dialogues… but through writing its even harder..I had a smile on my face.. haahha….Love ur pics too… perfect…..Congrats on winning the book.. hope my day will come too..

  8. Reni

    Congrats on winning the book Meena ! Baked sticks look real yummy ! healthy too…I always thought U need to fry them…..Great shots !

  9. Bhawna Bagri

    Meena ,i tried this fish finger…turn out so well…next time will try to take pictures and post in my blog with your link!!!
    Thank you for sharing dear.

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