Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Happy April Fools Day!! PSA of the day: Please don’t play mean tricks on people.
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Typing right after painting your nails is not really the best idea.  Just sayin.’  In any case, I will risk smudging my “gunmetal” nails in order to post this delicious crispy baked fish sticks with homemade tartar sauce recipe by The Lemon Bowl.
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Some of the fish sticks kind of turned into fish nuggets, because my tilapia fillets were a bit thin, so they broke a bit more, but they were no less delicious!  There is something strangely comforting about homemade fish sticks and I just cannot put my finger on it.  I think my next dish to master will be fish and chips…and that is perhaps WHY I enjoy making fish sticks so much.  I adore fish and chips (though I don’t eat it often, actually), but replicating a restaurant version at home seems tricky and…fattening.  Haha.  But maybe soon it will appear on Never The Same Dish!
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The tartar sauce, on the other hand, was good…but it wasn’t tartar sauce.  It was more like pickle-flavoured yogurt.  I think that the original blogger chose low-fat yogurt in order to healthify the recipe, but the actual tartar sauce element was definitely lost.  That being said, it still made a yummy dipping sauce, but just don’t be fooled by the title.

Another side note.  I did not use lemon zest.  I didn’t want to buy a lemon just to use the zest and toss the rest, so for some random and incorrect reason, I decided to use just a bit of lemon juice instead.  To be clear, you should not add lemon juice to your panko.  Nothing really bad happened, but as you can imagine, the dry mixture is dry for a reason, and the panko did not stick to the fish as well as it could have.  But at least I got the lemon flavour!
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Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Homemade Tartar Sauce

serves 2

Ingredients:
For the fish
-8-10oz white fish (I used tilapia, but any white fish will do, and I used three 4oz fillets)
-1 egg
-1/2cu panko bread crumbs
-1tsp garlic powder
-3/4tsp salt (divided)
-1/4tsp cracked black pepper
-zest of one lemon
For the tartar sauce
1/2cu plain yogurt – low fat
-2tbsp finely chopped dill pickle
-1tbsp pickle juice
-1tbsp lemon juice
-salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
-Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
-Set out two shallow dishes. In the first dish, whisk one egg until light and fluffy.
-Combine panko, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of salt (or just a shake or two, like I typically do), pepper and lemon zest in the second dish.
-Sprinkle both sides of the fish strips with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Dip fish in egg then coat evenly with panko mixture. Place on lined baking sheet.
-Spray fish sticks with cooking spray then bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
-Make the tartar sauce while fish is baking by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerating until ready to serve.

Other fish sticks also seen on Never The Same Dish:

Healthy Homemade Fish Sticks

 

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