I made these the other night, and they were so good! I wasn't sure what kind of tilapia we wanted to have, but something breaded sounded good so as I was looking up recipes, I found one for fish sticks from my friend Amber's blog and thought I would give them a try. These were so easy, and we loved the flavor. And, they are so much healthier than store bought fish sticks so no need to feel any guilt for having fish sticks for dinner (not that I will judge...we had some from the store recently, too)! I adapted this recipe a little bit, so my version is below. I will definitely be making these again.
Breaded tilapa, AKA homemade fish sticks
Slightly adapted from this recipe at This Mommy Cooks
I N G R E D I E N T S :
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 lb tilapia cut into 1/2-inch thick sticks (I took 3 tilapia filets and quartered them)
Salt and Pepper
lemon juice from half a lemon
3-4 Tbsp melted butter
D I R E C T I O N S :
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs and milk and set aside.
Pour the bread crumbs and flour onto two separate plates.
Season fish sticks with salt and pepper.
Dredge fish sticks in flour, then dip in the egg mixture.
Next, transfer fish sticks to bread crumbs, covering fish completely and pressing lightly to adhere.
Place each fish stick on prepared baking sheet so they aren't touching.
Season each fish stick with a little more salt and pepper, some paprika, and lemon juice.
Drizzle melted butter over fish sticks just before baking.
Bake until lightly browned, about 15 - 20 minutes, turning the fish sticks halfway through.