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Crispy fish fingers

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 1-2
From I Can Cook
These quick and easy fish fingers are baked in the oven rather than fried for a healthier dish.


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/450F/Gas 7. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and brush the parchment all over with a little vegetable oil.

  2. In a bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and polenta, and season well with freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Put the plain flour into another bowl and season with the paprika. Beat the egg in a bowl.

  4. Squeeze the lemon juice over the strips of fish.

  5. Roll each strip of fish first in the flour mixture, then dip it into the beaten egg, then coat it in the polenta mixture. Place each fish finger onto the prepared baking tray.

  6. Drizzle a little more vegetable oil onto each fish finger, then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and the coating is crisp. Serve with salad or steamed vegetables.


  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 slice day-old bread, grated
  • 2 tbsp quick-cook dried polenta
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • pinch paprika
  • 1 free-range egg
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 1 white fish fillet, such as cod or plaice, skin and bones removed, cut into 3cm/1in strips

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