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Parmesan Crusted Homemade Fish Sticks

Parmesan Crusted Homemade Fish Sticks

I grew up in a very small New England town in southern New Hampshire.  There was a large Catholic population which meant every Friday night was fish night in most households.  And while some of my friends grumbled, I begged to be invited for dinner in hopes they’d be serving fish sticks and French fries.  Loved them.  Please tell me I’m not alone on this one.

Parmesan Crusted Homemade Fish Sticks

30 years later I decided to recreate this Friday night comfort food classic at home.  As in homemade Parmesan Crusted Fish Sticks.

I can generally count on fresh cod being available at my local seafood counter.  Cod is the perfect mild white flaky fish to turn into fish sticks.  I cut the fillet into pieces and dipped them in egg white before encrusting them with a seasoned panko parmesan coating.  I baked them along side my fries, in this case Sweet Potato Fries, until they were both crispy and golden brown.  Served with a side of Tartar Sauce and Coleslaw and dinner is done.  Yum!

Parmesan Crusted Homemade Fish Sticks
Parmesan Crusted Homemade Fish Sticks

Parmesan Crusted Homemade Fish Sticks

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4


  • 1 1/4 lb. cod fillet cut into pieces (about 2-3 oz. each)
  • 1/2 cup egg whites or 1 egg beaten
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • spray olive oil


  • Combine Parmesan cheese, panko, Cajun seasoning and paprika in a shallow dish.
  • Dip cod pieces in egg white then dredge in Parmesan panko mixture coating well. Place pieces on a plate and put in freezer for 10 minutes before baking. This helps the coating to adhere during baking.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with olive oil spray.
  • When ready to bake place fish pieces on cooking sheet then lightly spray tops with olive oil spray. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until beginning to brown.