RECIPE: Grown-Up Fish Sticks

By Larissa Phillips

September is no time for complicated recipes. Dinner this month is all about families refueling and reconnecting at the end of the day. Processed fish sticks from the freezer might do the trick, but this camping-style recipe for fried fish is almost as easy, and so much healthier. If your children aren’t fish fans yet, serve a pasta or rice on the side, and some well-liked veggies such as carrots, celery and a wedge of romaine with some salad dressing for dip.

Feeding Your Family:

• 1 lb. white-fleshed fish, such as tilapia or sole, filleted
• 1 cup flour (preferably whole wheat)
• 1 tsp. paprika
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 Tbsp. butter
• 1 lemon, quartered


1. Cut the filet cross-wise into 2-inch-wide strips.

2. Mix the flour, paprika and salt. Dredge the fish pieces in the flour mixture. (For less mess, and to get the kids involved, place flour mixture and fish in a paper lunch bag and let ’em shake it.)

3. Melt the butter in a hot skillet, and fry the fish for about 3 minutes on each side, turning once. Check that it is opaque and flakes easily before taking off the heat. Serve with lemon wedges. 


Larissa Phillips is a cooking instructor and food writer for Email her at Check out Larissa’s blog Mothership Meals & Satellite Saucers and discover how to get through dinner without having a breakdown!

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