On a busy school night or jam-packed weekend, these Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks are a snap to prepare and one of my kids’ favorites! They taste and look so fantastic – no one will ever know they are oven-fried. And with only 390 calories and 10 grams of fat, I feel good about serving this recipe to the kids and their friends. Whether you pair them with this Edamame Salsa or chop them up for a salad, they are perfect for football parties, picnics and casual dinners! On top of it all, what I really love is that the exact measurements can be used to make fish “cakes” as well.
I developed these crunchy fish sticks as part of the CanolaInfo “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection for World Heart Day 2011 (Sept. 29). This observance encourages families to take their health into their own hands starting at home with diet and exercise. To learn more about World Heart Day or to view the complete recipe collection, visit CanolaInfo.org. Lastly, be sure to check out CanolaInfo’s new interactive Facebook game, which features my recipes!
Since I have been reading about Atlantic mackerel lately and it’s wonderful health benefits, I thought I would try it out on my kids. They loved it! Mackerel is high in Omega-3 oil content, making it a heart-healthy seafood choice. It has a rich flavor that is delicious whether sauteed, roasted or grilled, and it’s great topped with Greek seasoning, nuts, vinaigrettes, soy sauce or miso. Since I’m a Southern girl, I love it Blackened. It’s so simple to prepare; just 15 minutes and dinner is on the table.
I love making lettuce wraps so I like to be creative with new variations. This is a quick, great, healthy way to change up the way you eat seafood by serving it in a lettuce wrap. Feel free to add any of your favorite toppings or substitute your favorite fish or even use shrimp or scallops. Use a grill pan or skillet if you don’t want, or have time, to fire up the grill. These make great appetizers or a light summer dinner.