In the words of Sponge Bob Square Pants…Aw Fish Sticks!
When I was a kid, my mom used to pop store-bought frozen fish sticks into our toaster oven, and I was a happy girl.
I’m a bit older now, and my taste buds have grown up also. Fish is really very healthy for you, unless it’s breaded and fried.
I decided to try to make my own healthified version of this childhood favorite using some tilapia filets I had in my refrigerator. I sliced the filets into approximate 2″ strips.
I cracked open 3 eggs and discarded the yolks, and put the whites into a bowl.
I took about a cup of panko bread crumbs, and mixed in 1/2 t crushed bay leaves, 1t black pepper, a dash of salt, 1/2 t ground mustard, 1/2 t garlic.
Pat the fish with a paper towel.
Next, dredge the strips into the egg whites, then into the breadcrumb mixture.
I set mine up on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Then sprayed them just a bit with olive oil so they will crisp up evenly. No soggy sticks here!
Bake on 450 F for 15 minutes.
If you’re classy & chic, squeeze a lemon on them and enjoy. If you’re a weirdo like me, dunk these puppies in barbecue sauce!