Crispy Fish Fingers {CEimB}

Crispy Fish Fingers

It’s not often that I can make a dinner that everyone in the family (well most) enjoys. Usually I have to tweak part of the recipe (like adding no heat) to make it more kid friendly, or just make them something different all together. It’s a lot of extra work sometimes, but I like my food and my spice and my kid’s just haven’t caught up to my page on that just yet. I’m working on it though.

This recipe is one of the few that I can make for the entire family. My husband loved it and was raving about it. Even my 4 year old son, though hesitant at first, ate his plate full of fish fingers. My normally not picky 2 year old daughter…well, we’ll keep trying.

Crispy Fish Fingers

This recipe was this week’s Craving Ellie in my Belly selection, chosen by Rainforest Recipes. In case you don’t know CEimB, we are a group of bloggers that get together to cook up healthy Ellie Krieger recipes each week and share our experiences. It’s been great trying new recipes and learning from others, check us out here.

I didn’t really follow Ellie’s recipe exactly for this week’s selection, I knew my kid’s wouldn’t want the dipping sauce (they aren’t dippers) and I surprisingly didn’t have any Greek yogurt on hand so I skipped it and decided to serve the fish with lemon like I normally do. I also paired it up with a nice green salad for Mom and Dad (me and hubby) while the kids ate theirs with some watermelon and a potato roll. The fish turned out flavorful and crispy thanks to “air baking“, without all the grease from a fryer.

Crispy Fish Fingers

These were definitely not your frozen fish sticks.

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Crispy Fish Fingers


  • 1 lb tilapia, cut into strips or chunks
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 or 2 eggs, beaten or 1 egg plus egg whites, beaten
  • 2 cups whole wheat or regular Panko (I used a mix of both)
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • sliced lemon for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a plate, season flour well with garlic powder, salt, pepper and lemon zest. A few pieces at a time, dip fish pieces into flour mixture dusting off the excess. Dip the fish in egg, then bread crumbs (I seasoned bread crumbs as well with salt and pepper). Arrange breaded fish on a cooling rack placed into a rimmed baking sheet. Once all fish is breaded, spray each piece liberally with non stick spray or drizzle lightly with olive oil. Place in preheated oven and bake until golden brown and cooked through, approximately 10 -12 minutes.
  3. Serve with lemon and a green salad for a healthy dinner!

Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger

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Crispy Fish Fingers