These quick, kid-friendly fish sticks sure beat the heck out of those in the frozen food section. Sure, you have to actually buy fish, coat it and fry it, but, man, are these ever good! Plus, when you make these from scratch, you actually know what you’re getting. It’s hard to say with some of the packaged options out there.
Our resident chef, Sarah House, used almond meal to transform these fish sticks into a crispy delight that anyone can enjoy, no matter what diet you may follow (excepting vegan and vegetarian, of course). Grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, these fish sticks are also paleo-friendly. We experimented with baking these, but were unable to get the right crispness that a fish stick should have. You can always give it a whirl, though, or try these from Kalyn’s Kitchen. If you want to mix it up, you can use hazelnut meal in place of the almond meal. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (we like this paleo-friendly tartar sauce from Paleo Cupboard), baked potato (or French fries!) and something green. Goodness knows, this plate needs something green!
Almond Fish Sticks
Contributed by: Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Test Kitchen
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 12 – 15 minutes | Yield: 4 – 6 servings
- 1 lb. firm White Fish fillets (such as Cod), deboned and portioned into “sticks”
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Natural Almond Meal
- 2 tsp ground Paprika
- 1 tsp Dry Mustard Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- ½ tsp ground Black Pepper
- 4 Eggs
- Oil for frying
- large flake Sea Salt to garnish
Sift together Bob’s Red Mill Natural Almond Meal, salt and spices. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until foamy. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
In a shallow wide skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until glistening.
Working in batches, dip each fish “stick” into the almond meal batter then carefully place in the hot oil, making sure not to crowd the pan. Fry for 2 – 3 minutes for both sides, until deep golden brown.
Remove the fish sticks from the oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with large flake sea salt, if desired.
Serve with desired dipping sauces.