Lemon and Dill Panko Crusted Fish Sticks

My kids have been loving fish lately so I’ve been trying to come up with fun and different recipes to keep them interested in eating it. I decided to try my hand at making homemade fish sticks. For the coating I combined some plain panko with lemon zest, fresh dill, garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper. I baked them at a high heat for a short time and they turned out crispy on the outside and tender and flaky on the inside. I served these fish sticks with the Creamy Cucumber Dill Sauce and Spicy Mango Coleslaw for a healthy and delicious dinner. My son gobbled up a bunch of these fish sticks and loved them without the sauce. My husband and I also really enjoyed them and thought they tasted great with the sauce. My daughter, peeled off the panko coating, but loved the fish with the sauce. It’s a great day when the entire family likes what I make for dinner!

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Place the flour on a shallow plate. Combine the milk and egg together in a small bowl; whisk until well combined. Place the panko on a shallow plate and add the lemon zest, fresh dill, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix together until well combined.

Cut the fish into strips. Coat each piece of the fish in the flour then dip into the egg mixture followed by the panko crumbs. Place the coated fish on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining fish. Spray all the fish with a bit of olive oil cooking spray.

Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flakey. Turn the oven to broil then cook, watching very carefully so they don’t burn, for a few minutes to get golden brown on top. Serve with the cucumber dill sauce on the side, if desired, along with lemon wedges. Enjoy.

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Lemon and Dill Panko Crusted Fish Sticks

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 12 min.

Ingredients:

2-3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp milk
1 egg
1 cup of plain panko crumbs
Zest from 1 lemon
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped finely
Garlic powder, to taste
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 lb of fish (such as cod, halibut, tilapia), cut into strips
Cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Place the flour on a shallow plate. Combine the milk and egg together in a small bowl; whisk until well combined. Place the panko on a shallow plate and add the lemon zest, fresh dill, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix together until well combined.

Cut the fish into strips. Coat each piece of the fish in the flour then dip into the egg mixture followed by the panko crumbs. Place the coated fish on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining fish. Spray all the fish with a bit of olive oil cooking spray.

Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flakey. Turn the oven to broil then cook, watching very carefully so they don't burn, for a few minutes to get golden brown on top. Serve with the cucumber dill sauce on the side, if desired, along with lemon wedges. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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19 Responses to “Lemon and Dill Panko Crusted Fish Sticks”

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — July 18, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    Lemon and dill are so perfect on fish and I love this panko crusted fish sticks. Sounds amazing!

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    Kris — July 18, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    Yummy! I made some fried zucchini tonight with Panko. Your fish looks good!
    Do you cook a big meal every night?
    xo Kris

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    lenia — July 18, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    Great crust to enhance the taste of any fish!
    Kisses!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — July 18, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    Loving the addition of the dill in this, yum!

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    Diane — July 19, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    We love fish and these sound very yummy. Have a good weekend, Diane

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    Larry — July 19, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    “My son gobbled up a bunch of these fish sticks” – put me in there with your son, but I’ll have sauce please. I like the idea of added the lemon and dill to the coating.

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    Jenn — July 19, 2013 @ 5:33 am

    The perfect treat for kids… and adults!! I have made fish sticks before … love the addition of dill in the panko!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 19, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    I just love the combination of lemon and dill here!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 19, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    These look so delicious, Pam! Love the combination of lemony fish and dill with a cool, creamy cucumber sauce. So light and scrumptious!

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    Jovina Coughlin — July 19, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    Great technique. I like to do all my frying in the oven. Tastes just as good as deep frying.

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    Daniela — July 19, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    Mmh, this dish looks wonderful.
    I love the coating, so creative and the dill cream goes together wit it just perfect.
    Great recipe,thank you Pam!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 19, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    The panko crust flavoured with lemon and dill sounds marvelous, Pam. These fish sticks look really crunchy and moreish.

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    mia xara — July 19, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    I love your fish sticks paired with both the dip and the spicy coleslaw, Pam!!! It seems that kids always prefer fish that look more like the commercial rather than the conventional kind…Have a nice weekend!

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    gloria — July 19, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    I love panko Pam and this panko crust in fish sounds delicious!

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    Chris — July 20, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    Secret confession, you know that I don’t care for fish but I have always enjoyed frozen fish sticks ala Gortons or Ms Paul. I’m such a bad foodie….

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    Rhonda — July 20, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Yum, love fish sticks. I just posted a similar recipe using chicken and would totally make it again with your cucumber dill sauce!

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    Peggy Recker — July 21, 2013 @ 6:21 am

    These look very good.

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    Joanne — July 21, 2013 @ 6:26 am

    Woohoo to your kids likely fish! My parents could never get us all to agree on it. :) These look great!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — July 21, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    I love fish and I love this recipe. Dill panko crusted fish stick sounds like the prefect recipe of kids and adults alike.

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