Whether you’re looking for an easy homemade fish recipe or a healthy alternative to fried fish, these Crispy Baked Cod Strips are a winner!
Lent may be coming to a close soon, but these Crispy Baked Cod Strips are a great kid-friendly meal that’s great all year long! There’s something so nostalgic for me about having fish sticks, frozen fish sticks to be exact.
I remember my mother would be looking for a kick lunch and would grab a box out of the freezer and in 15 mins they were ready to burn the top of the tongue because I was impatient and hungry. I also remember all of the wonderful sides that would go with fish: fries, slaw, fresh veggies, or some classic Lays.
It doesn’t matter what your religion is (if you even have one), a good local fish fry isn’t one to miss. Sadly, if you participate in Lent, this can’t be your only option. Cue the boxes of sad freezer-burned fish sticks being warmed up in the oven.
It doesn’t have to be this way folks. Healthy, delicious homemade fish sticks are only a few minutes away, and the outcome will be way more satisfying than the other options.
The one complaint I hear about buying fish like cod is that it’s too expensive. That can be true, but if you know how to buy and preserve it, you get way more bang for your buck. The key to purchasing something like cod is to buy in bulk.
For this fish stick recipe, I bought a huge filet at Costco for less than 20 bucks and vacuum-sealed what I didn’t need now to store in the freezer. I now have fresh cod for at least 3-4 meals and it cost me way less than it would if I bought a small amount! The more you know. 💫
Did you know that the average household wastes 1300 pounds of food per year – up to $1500 in waste? As someone who cooks A LOT, I can say that this number startles me and I’m sure that my number has been upwards of that in the past.
- 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Zest
- ¼ teaspoons Pepper
- ¾ teaspoons Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour
- 2 Large Eggs, Beaten
- 1 pound Cod Fillets, Cut Into 1-inch Strips
- Preheat oven to 400°F and over a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk panko, paprika, lemon zest, pepper, salt, and cayenne until combined. Place flour in one shallow bowl and egg in another.
- To assemble, dip fish in flour to coat both sides, shaking off any excess. Follow by dipping fish into eggs, and finally, into a breadcrumb mixture. Place on a prepared baking sheet.
- Liberally spray tops of fish with additional cooking spray. Bake 12–14 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Serve immediately.
Need more Lent recipes? Try my Sea Bass with Lemon Butter Caper Sauce!