Fish, fishy fish! How can we get our kids excited about eating fish? Should we even encourage them to eat fish?
At this rate we are depleting the oceans from their creatures, we are forcing ourselves to farm fish causing even more trouble at the bottom of the seas. So why would we even promote our kids to eat fish?
Fish is a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Oily fish have more vitamins than the white fish. White fish have a variation of vitamin B, such as niacin (B3) to promote healthy cells and to get rid of toxins from the body. Pyridoxine (B6) is also found in white fish, keeping the skin, nervous system and blood cells healthy. Essential minerals such as iron, phosphorus, selenium and iodine are also found in white fish. So it’s good for us to eat (white) fish in moderation.
Just please make sure that you only buy the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) approved fish. This council ensures that the fish we eat is caught in a sustainable manner.
Phew, so we’re off the hook and ready to make some fish fingers at home ;).
What you need (serves 4)
– 500 grams of white fish fillets (hake or cod is perfect)
– Salt and Badia black pepper to taste
– Flour for tossing
– 1 egg
– Panko flakes or breadcrumbs
– Wesson vegetable oil for frying
Slice you fish fillets into 3 cm broad strips (about the size of the factory fish fingers). Put them in a bowl, season with salt and pepper.
We’re going to batter and fry the fish fingers In batches of 5 – 8.
Break the egg in a bowl and whisk it, add a pinch of salt. (You could add 1-2 tablespoon water, depending on the size of your egg).
Toss the pieces of fish in the flour, one by one. From the flour we dunk each strip in the egg mixture, let all the excess egg drip off and roll it in the Panko flakes or breadcrumbs.
Repeat until you have a batch of 5 – 8.
In the meantime you can get your frying pan on the stove, alternatively you could use a deep fryer. Heat up the pan and add some oil. Once the oil is at the right temperature, you can start frying the fish fingers golden brown turning frequently.
Serve with some diced fried potatoes, carrots, and sweet peas, or any other kind of veg!
Last night we had a breakthrough! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw their hands so eagerly going towards our homemade fish fingers.
Our youngest daughter has always had a keen interest in eating fish; the oldest one was always the fussy one when it came to eating white fish. Quite strange actually as she loves pasta with canned tuna (and some garlic and salad onions, but we won’t tell her that 😉 )
As always I look forward to your comments, pictures and other fun facts! Let me know when you’re tried and tested these homemade fish fingers!