Main Course/ Recipes/ Seafood

Spicy Baked Fish Sticks

fish sticks-8522

She’s aliiiiiiiiiiiive!

Hello, dear friends! I am finally sticking my head above water over here. I don’t want to get too much into mommyhood on a recipe post but I promise to have another baby update for you guys soon. I can’t believe our little guy is two months old today! What a total whirlwind.

Anyway, like I said – I feel like I am finally sticking my head back above water. I certainly did not expect to disappear from the Internets for so long but it turns out being a new mom is a little more demanding than I anticipated. Way more rewarding, too, though! More on that soon.

Let’s talk about the fact that I finally cooked.

And took photos.

During naptime.


fish sticks-8505

I made these fish sticks for a few reasons, the first obviously because kid food is more on my mind right now than, say, a fancy cocktail. Actually, who am I kidding? A fancy cocktail is TOTALLY on my mind right now.

The other reason is because it’s summer and summer means quick and easy. A yummy seafood dinner that goes great with a summery brew. Yay!

fish sticks-8497

I loved fish sticks when I was little. I don’t know if my mom ever made them homemade {but she did make a killer beer battered flounder…I need to get that recipe now that I think about it} but I do remember eating them quite frequently. I know there’s a million acceptable dipping sauces but I’m just a plain ol’ ketchup girl. I also like ketchup on scrambled eggs and grilled cheese. I’m weird like that.

These fish sticks are healthy because they are baked, not fried. I used a heavy shake of Tony Chachere’s, my favorite seasoning, in the bread crumb mix for a spicy kick. Seriously, if you’ve ever tried Tony’s before you need to get your booty to the store right now and get yourself some. It’s the best. And make this while you’re at it. Drool.

Make these soon! They are easy to make and fun to eat whether you’re five or fifty-five. I’ll be back shortly with a new mom update – baby’s crying, got to gooooo!

fish sticks-8502

Spicy Baked Fish Sticks

serves 2

Print this Recipe!


3/4 c panko

3 tsp Tony Chachere’s Seasoning

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

2 tbsp flour

2 5 oz cod (or flounder) fillets, preferably wild caught

ketchup for serving


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

In a large shallow bowl or pie dish, mix together the panko, Tony Chachere’s, salt and flour. Set aside. In another small dish place the beaten egg. You’re making an assembly line for the fish sticks.

Now, slice the fish fillets into sticks. Dunk each stick into the egg then into the breading. Place fish sticks into your prepared dish and lightly mist with oil.

Bake for 15-18 minutes until crispy. Serve immediately with dipping sauce of your choice!


20 minutes


You Might Also Like

  • Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    July 14, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I love how you tagged this recipe under kid food because I could totally see my 2-year-old & 4-year old chomping down on these quick and easy fish sticks.

    A 2 month old will keep you busy, hurrah for nap time, right!!!!! I don’t know what I would do if my 2-year-old stops taking naps, how would I get anything done?

    Soooo kid friendly, that’s what I love about these fish sticks though =)

  • DessertForTwo
    July 14, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Welcome back!!! We’re so glad to see you again! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Allyn
    July 14, 2014 at 6:15 am

    These look delicious, and ketchup is pretty much a requirement for fish sticks. Save your tartar sauce for fish and chips.
    Also wanted to tell you, I made your split pea soup for the millionth time last night and it really is just perfect. My husband managed to inhale 3 bowls. Not sure how, but it’s a testament to his love for that soup.

  • Lisa
    July 14, 2014 at 6:30 am

    So glad your posting recipes again!! (not that I minded the baby stuff with two kids of my own lol) Question is with these….can I freeze them for freezer meals? That is my new project 🙂

  • Colleen
    July 14, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Nice, and without any extra preservatives or “stuff”. Welcome back!

  • brittany @thegingerlifeblog
    July 14, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Whoo hoo! I am still looking forward to hearing about stroller strides! Did you go?

    • jenna
      July 14, 2014 at 7:55 am

      I haven’t gone yet! My back has really been bothering me so I haven’t done much exercising. Going to the chiropractor and hopefully starting SS this week!

      • Lindsay McAlester
        July 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

        I started Stroller Strides in Sept ’07 when I was 6 months pregnant with my second and had an 11 month old. It was one of the best things I have ever done for myself and my kids! I eventually ended up becoming a fitness instructor and buying the franchise in my area along with teaching for a a few years. My children are now 7 and 6. They still talk about our SS days. We both learned so much together! I cannot express to you how wonderful and empowered you will feel. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.

  • Heather || Heather's Dish
    July 14, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Congratulations momma! I remember the first time I made an actual recipe for the blog after Wes was born I thought I was probably the most accomplished person on the planet. I loooooove fish sticks – and spice! – and will totally be rocking these this week!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    July 14, 2014 at 7:23 am

    oh it’s nice to have you back to food posts, but i didn’t mind the change in schedule/posting at all! following along has been the best!

  • Elizabeth
    July 14, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Hi. Welcome back! What would be a good substitute for egg? My son is allergic. Thanks!

    • jenna
      July 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I would make a flax egg instead! Just mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 2 tbsp water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Dunk in the “flax egg” before the panko mixture for an egg-free option!

    • Sharon
      July 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Usually I see plain yogurt used as a substitute for egg when breading chicken/fish…worth a try!

  • Kelly B
    July 14, 2014 at 8:33 am

    A kindred spirit! I, too, love my eggs and grilled cheese with ketchup. LOL

  • Hayley@healthyregards
    July 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I LOVE these. So quick, easy and look yummy!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    July 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Fish sticks remind me of my childhood too! Love quick and easy meals. So nice to read a new post from you on this Monday morning.

  • Gina
    July 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Yum! Now I’m totally craving fish sticks 🙂

  • Valerie @ Bubbles and Gold
    July 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

    nap time = the golden hours!

    cherish these younger days, because like these two months have flown by, every milestone is here and gone so quickly!

  • Sarah
    July 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Haha I always put ketchup with eggs and grilled cheese! (and thats on the normal end…I put it on a loot of other things too..)

  • sarah
    July 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

    wait – ketchup on eggs and grilled cheese isn’t normal?!

  • Tanah
    July 14, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Ketchup on eggs and grilled cheese is a must!

  • Leah
    July 14, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Yay – so glad to see you are back! These sound like the perfect quick summer meal!!

  • Anne Butterfield
    July 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Nice, simple dish. And it’s making my mouth water… I don’t have your special spice – but my all purpose go-to spice mix is “Napa Style Fennel Spice Rub” – that that will go in with a dash of (probably) chipotle powder. And almond flour to avoid the added gluten that in this nation can be a bloating bummer (french bread emphatically excluded from that problem, my recent trips to France have shown!!)
    here’s my fave spice that I have reordered now about 5x… 😉

  • Bri | Bites of Bri
    July 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Yay! So happy you’re back and so happy to hear that naptime is predictable enough for you to get stuff done (at least sometimes). Can’t wait for the updates on the baby 🙂

  • Amanda
    July 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    So happy you’re back posting recipes and enjoying motherhood! These look yum!!

  • Danielle
    July 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    My husband also likes ketchup with his grilled cheese!

  • jen
    July 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Welcome back! I’ve loved following along with your blog for many years and am so excited to see where motherhood takes you, including where it takes your recipe creation. As a SAH mom of a 1 and a 3 year old my cooking life is totally different now and I’m still trying to get down putting healthy, inexpensive, tasty food on the table with one arm and no time… it’s a whole different cooking skill set!

  • Petra
    July 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    What a fun update to one of my favorite childhood recipes. I have to try these (I live literally just down the road from the world’s biggest fish market so I have no excuse not to). Love your blog — thanks for sharing!

  • The Daily 8 | 100 Tacks
    July 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    […] 6. This recipe for spicy baked fish sticks is totally bringing back childhood memories. I can’t imagine what a Japanese fish monger would say if I told him I was making fish sticks? Don’t care. [eat, live, run] […]

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    July 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I haven’t had fish sticks in ages and I am now totally craving some. Love the easy recipe!

  • Laura
    July 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I’m glad to see that you’re back in the kitchen and I’m soooo happy to know your enjoying motherhood.

  • Sandra Laflamme
    July 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of fish sticks but these sound tasty and I bet my kids would like them too!

  • Spicy Baked Fish Sticks – Eat, Live, Run | Know What You Eat
    July 15, 2014 at 3:54 am

    […] See the rest here:  Spicy Baked Fish Sticks – Eat, Live, Run […]

  • Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK
    July 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I love anything simple, and slightly nutritious! Thanks Jenna 🙂

  • Urban Wife
    July 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Welcome back!! And congrats on getting stuff done during nap time. Isn’t that the best feeling? It only gets trickier especially when they are mobile and down to just one nap. 😉 Anyway, I have great memories with fish sticks. My grandma would bake some for us, every Friday for dinner. They might not have been homemade but they were delicious. I can’t wait to make these for our boy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Pam
    July 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Welcome Back!!
    Great recipe, I bet I could get my husband to eat these, he totally digs kid food 😉

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    July 17, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Fish sticks aren’t just kid food. Those look incredible! Actually, I haven’t had them since I was a kid.

    I’m glad you’re taking time off to be a mom. What an amazing time of your life!

  • Corina
    July 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    It’s great to be able to do quick easy meals like this as a new mum. I love to make my own spice mixes but I now find it’s a godsend to have a favourite ready-made one in the cupboard to make life easier.

  • Hayley
    July 31, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I made these tonight and they got rave reviews from my very picky family. I even got a thank you from my 13 year old son.

  • Marlande Wesselhoft
    November 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I hate fish sticks! Can you make that with chicken?