Homemade Frozen Fish Sticks
- Fish Sticks:
- 1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
- Kosher salt
- 1 large egg white
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Carrot-Yogurt Dipping Sauce:
- 1/3 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt
- 1 small carrot, peeled and finely grated
- 2 teaspoons sweet chile sauce
- 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 scallion, finely chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Kosher salt
DirectionsFor the fish sticks:
Cut the fish into sticks about 3 inches long and 1/2-inch thick. Combine the breadcrumbs, coconut, cornmeal, curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the coconut is coarsely chopped. Dump out into a shallow dish. Whisk the egg white with 1 tablespoon water in another shallow dish.
Dip the fish into the egg white, shake off the excess and coat thoroughly in the breadcrumb mixture. Bake immediately, or refrigerate up to 1 hour before baking. To freeze, arrange the breaded fish sticks on a baking sheet and freeze until hard, 1 to 2 hours. Store in re-sealable freezer bags for up to 1 month.
For the sauce:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Fit a rimmed baking sheet with a baking rack and spray with cooking spray. Generously spray the fresh or frozen fish sticks all over with cooking spray. Arrange on the baking rack and bake, flipping halfway through, until golden and crispy and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes (if frozen, 20 to 25 minutes). Remove from the oven and season with salt. Serve with the dipping sauce.
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