Crispy Fish Sticks

Crispy Fish Sticks
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  • 4Servings


  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless cod or halibut fillets (1 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickle
  • 6 tablespoons EVOO
  • Carrot and celery sticks


Toss the panko, cornmeal, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and the paprika in a medium bowl.

Cut the fish crosswise (against the grain) into 1-inch-wide strips. Lay the fish in a pie plate; pour the buttermilk on top.

Stir the mayo, ketchup and chopped pickle in a small bowl. Set aside.

Remove the fish slices from the buttermilk one at a time, place in the bowl with the crumb mixture and coat all over. Transfer the fish to a plate.

Heat 3 tbsp. of the EVOO in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Add half of the fish sticks and cook, turning once with tongs, until crisp and golden on both sides, about 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining oil and fish. Serve with the sauce and vegetable sticks.