When your husband wants you to fry fish so you compromise and bake it. Well, I'm not sure if this is really a compromise but Brad loved it. The fish is seasoned, breaded, and then baked at a high temperature. The breading is crispy and the fish flavorful and moist. The Chipotle-Lime Sauce on the side is the perfect accompaniment.
Ingredients for Baked Fish Sticks with Chipotle-Lime Sauce:
*2 pounds Striped Bass, Cod, or Haddock cut into pieces approximately 2 1/2" x 1/2"
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 cups plain Panko
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs + 4 tablespoons water, lightly beaten
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 chipotle pepper, chopped
zest of 1 lime
1/2 lime juiced
* I prepared this recipe with Striped Bass. Thanks to my husband who loves to fish my freezer is well stocked with it.
Time-Saving Tips: The panko can be prepared earlier in the day and left out on the counter. The fish can be prepped earlier in the day and refrigerated. The sauce can also be made earlier in the day and refrigerated.
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Time to cook.
Combine the sauce ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 450-degrees. Once heated pour the panko on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake about 5 minutes until golden. Make sure to stir a couple of times while baking. Remove from oven and pour into a flat dish for breading. Set aside.
Sprinkle the fish with the Old Bay Seasoning. Toss and make sure all of the fish is well coated.
Reusing the same parchment paper lined cookie sheet coat the paper with cooking spray. Place the flour in a shallow bowl and line up the flour, lightly beaten eggs, and panko.
Lightly coat each piece of fish in the flour, egg mixture and then panko. Place the fish on the cookie sheet. Once all of the fish is coated and on the cookie sheet lightly spray the pieces with cooking spray.
When you spray the fish don't hold the can too close to the pieces or else too much oil will get on the fish. Bake for about 10 minutes and check for doneness. The fish should be a little flaky. If it isn't cooked a couple of more minutes. Don't overcook.
It's ready! The fish sticks are crunchy and the sauce is perfectly flavored and gives a little zest to the dish. This recipe is easily multiplied and will become a new family favorite.