Cooking with kids: Chunky fish fingers

Cooking with kids: Chunky fish fingers

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2 adults and 2-3 kids

A touch of turmeric turns these crispy haddock bites golden - perfect for cooking with children of all ages

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze before cooking

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal399
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs43.3g
  • sugars1.3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein29.3g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 500g skinless, boneless chunky white fish fillet (we used haddock), cut into neat thumb-sized strips
  • 100g plain flour, seasoned
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 200g dried breadcrumb
  • large pinch turmeric (optional)



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Grown ups and children: Get 3 shallow dishes and set up a production line of flour then egg then breadcrumbs. Children can pour the ingredients into each dish and crack and beat the eggs. If you want the breadcrumbs to be golden then mix through the turmeric. Place a large empty plate at the end of the line to put the uncooked fish fingers on.

  2. Children: Show children how to methodically dip a finger of fish in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dredge it through the egg and finally roll it in the breadcrumbs so it’s completely coated and place it on the plate. This is a job kids as young as 2 can help with but it’s a messy one so they may need a wipe down halfway through. The fish fingers can now be laid on a tray and frozen then placed into a bag.

  3. Grown ups: To cook the fingers heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the fingers for 3-4 mins on each side. Place on a tray lined with kitchen paper and keep warm in a low oven, if cooking in batches. Alternatively, preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas mark 6. Brush a tray with a little oil, cook the fish fingers for about 10 - 12 mins until golden and cooked through, turn over half way through cooking time.

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22nd Jun, 2013
25th Mar, 2013
My child hated making these, he cried and cried and kept pleading that we stop, "why can't the maid make my supper mummy?" he cried. He didn't even know where the pantry was until he was 19 so I suppose it is my own fault.
2nd Nov, 2012
The kids loved doing this and ate them with gusto because they made them. We used salmon and they loved their pink fish fingers.
18th Sep, 2012
Shot myself in the foot again, don't think my familly will accept bought breaded fish again after doing this recipe!!! Quick, easy and very tasty!!! Thank you!
6th Sep, 2012
You can always freeze the breadcrumbs for next time! :)
30th Aug, 2012
My two boys and I tried this recipe for supper this evening. It was great fun to do and the boys loved the dipping in flour, egg and breadcumbs. We had loads of breadcrumbs left over but the egg and flour was spot on. We fried some and did some in the oven and the fried ones came out best. Great fun, tasty and enjoyed by all.
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