Crispy Oven-Fried Fish Bites with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Recipe for Crispy Oven-Fried Fish Bites with Homemade Tartar Sauce is a quick weeknight meal that is kid friendly and so much better than the frozen stuff! | www.cookingandbeer.com

Oven-fried fish bites: kind of like fish sticks, but tastier, fresh, and so much better for you!

I tend to go a little crazy with oven-fried recipes. This taco recipe and this sandwich recipe are just two examples. Oh, and don’t even get me started on these pickles. I think subconsciously I feel like it’s better for me, even though it’s only a LITTLE bit lighter, but it doesn’t make my house smell like fried food. That my friends, is a win in my book.

I like to use cod for this recipe. Mainly, I gravitate towards halibut. It’s definitely one of my favorites, but let’s be honest, halibut is super duber expensive…especially when you live in Colorado. I get excited when I can find it ON SALE for less than $30 a pound. As a result, I don’t cook with halibut often, unless there’s a special circumstance or I need to fill some craving from the pacific ocean. So, it’s usually cod. This isn’t a terrible thing. Cod is a great fish to fry, and it is even better when it’s oven-fried.

Recipe for these crispy oven-fried fish bites with homemade tartar sauce is below. Pair it with a pale ale and throw in a side of chips/fries. Fish and chips never tasted so delicious. Have a great day everyone! xo

Recipe for Crispy Oven-Fried Fish Bites with Homemade Tartar Sauce is a quick weeknight meal that is kid friendly and so much better than the frozen stuff! | www.cookingandbeer.com

Recipe for Crispy Oven-Fried Fish Bites with Homemade Tartar Sauce is a quick weeknight meal that is kid friendly and so much better than the frozen stuff! | www.cookingandbeer.com

Crispy Oven-Fried Fish Bites with Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Tartar Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 2 tablespoons dill relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Crispy Oven-Fried Fish Bites

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 pound cod or halibut fillets cut into bite-sized pieces
  • non-stick canola oil spray
  • lemon wedges

Instructions

Tartar Sauce

  • Combine all of the ingredients for the tartar sauce in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

Crispy Oven-Fried Fish Bites

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Pour the oil into a baking sheet and tilt to spread evenly. Place the baking sheet in the oven as it preheats.
  • Take 3 separate shallow bowls. In 1 bowl, add the flour, creole seasoning, garlic powder and a dash of salt and black pepper. In the 2nd bowl, whisk together the milk and egg. In the 3rd bowl, add the panko bread crumbs. Dredge each piece of fish in the flour, then the egg mixture, and finally the bread crumbs. Place the now dredged fish on the preheated baking sheet. Spray the fish generously with non-stick canola oil spray.
  • Bake the fish for 15-20 minutes, flipping them once midway through, or until they are brown and crispy on both sides. Remove from heat and serve immediately with homemade tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

 

Recipe for Crispy Oven-Fried Fish Bites with Homemade Tartar Sauce is a quick weeknight meal that is kid friendly and so much better than the frozen stuff! | www.cookingandbeer.com