This spiced cod fish finger recipe is great make with and for your kids! They're so easy for children to make and far healthier than bought fish fingers as you know exactly what is in them!
Can a 2 year old make fish fingers?
Oh yes! Now, before you say my fish fingers are a little messy and that I haven't coated them very evenly I want to say that I didn't actually make the fish fingers. Oh no, it's not just an excuse because they are not quite as pretty as they could be. I'm actually rather proud of them even though I didn't make them.
Well, I got out three bowls, one with flour in, one with egg and one with breadcrumbs and dukkah. I lined them up and put a baking tray next to the last one. I demonstrated and then I let Little Miss Spice do all the rest
She seemed to think it was a race - dipping each one in each bowl as quickly as possible and then throwing them on the baking tray. She was like a little whirlwind but she was at least doing exactly what I'd shown her. I have never seen anyone coat fish fingers quite so quickly. It would have taken me far longer, although admittedly they might have looked a little neater! However, as she's just turned 2.5 I think they are rather good.
So, if you thought making fish fingers yourself was too much work then try it! If you make them as quickly as Little Miss Spice did, they don't take much longer than ready-made fish fingers.
What is dukkah?
I added dukkah to the breadcrumbs to make these fish fingers slightly spicy. Dukkah or duqqa is a spice blend made up of herbs, spices and ground nuts. It is originally from Egypt but has started to become more popular here now and you can even buy it in the supermarket.
It is often eaten with bread and olive oil. You dip a little bread in the oil and then dip it in the dukkah.
If you like dukkah then you might also like my olive and dukkah pasta recipe.
Can you adapt this cod fish finger recipe?
You could of course adapt these to use any dried herbs or spices instead of the dukkah. You could even just miss it out altogether. If your family really love dukkah then add a little more.
You could also use a different kind of fish. As long as it doesn't have bones and is chunky enough to be cut into fingers then it'll work.
Spiced Cod Fish Finger Recipe
- 300 g cod loin
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 egg beaten
- 4 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp dukkah
- Slice the cod into strips about 2cm wide. Lightly oil a baking tray too.
- Get three bowls ready to coat the fish in breadcrumbs. In the first bowl mix the flour and the cayenne. In the next bowl put the egg. In the last bowl put the breadcrumbs and dukkah.
- Roll the fish fingers in the flour, then dip them in the egg and finally roll them in the breadcrumbs. Put them on the baking tray.
- Bake the fish fingers in the oven at 200c for 15 minutes.
- Serve with a squeeze of lemon.
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