Our kids always have an "opinion" about our meals and frankly I am tired of hearing what they have to say every night. If it is something hubby and I like, of course the kids don't. So we needed a meal that everyone could just shut up and eat.
We like fish, but throwing a piece of fish on a plate tends to make the kids groan, so we had to give it a makeover. What kid doesn't love fish stick!?!? And what parent doesn't want to give their kids a healthy version of the frozen store bought crappy fish stick? Thus we came up with homemade fish stick and as a side, egg noodles in garlic butter we made ourselves.
While this recipe has some prep work and may take more time then opening a box of sticks and pouring them on a cookie sheet, trust me, it is WELL WORTH the extra time! So how does one make fish sticks at home that even a grown-up will love? Pretty simple actually.
1 – 1 and 1/2 lbs. of cod (yes you can use frozen but thaw it before you start)
Flour for dusting
2 eggs, whipped with 2-3 Tablespoons of water in it
2 cups of bread crumbs
Start by cutting up your cod into similar sized pieces. Once you have your fish ready, it is time to set up the assembly line. Put out a plate of flour for lightly dusting the fish. Next have a bowl of your egg/water mix to dip the fish in. Last you are going to have a plate of bread crumbs to roll the fish in. Be aware, your fingers are going to get messy! LOL Or you can invite another family member to help you so that you can each take a portion of the work. For instance, your child can dust the fish and drop it into the egg, while you move it with one hand from the egg and roll it in the bread crumbs with your other hand.
Place your fish sticks on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for around 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them. You don’t want to burn your bread crumbs. .You will know they are done when crispy brown. These smell sooooo good while they are cooking!
For the garlic butter noodle, just simply throw some eggs noodles (we used wide) into a pot and follow the package directions. When they are done, cover them in homemade garlic butter (recipe here) and Parmesan cheese to taste. They are Yummy and complement the cod well.
Believe it or not, my complaining country kids didn't have a single groan or negative comment about anything on their plates! And yes, I did mark my calendar!! I have never seen two kids eat so fast. This recipe will definitely be on rotation in our meal planning from now on.