Forget frozen fish sticks – I mean FORGET them. These Fish Nuggets with Bang Bang Sauce are so much better, there’s no comparison.
And you can freeze these too if you want to make your meals ahead. They’ll be perfectly crispy and ready for you when you want them.
Then add in my version of Bang Bang sauce and you’re all set.
Here’s a little secret. I’m not the most adventurous eater. In fact, fish is one of the things that I probably like the least. I love shell fish of any kind but fish fish – not so much.
So I have to admit, even when they were done and the boys were shoving them down – I still wasn’t sold.
But one bite, literally one bite of these fish nuggets and I was cured of my fish fear too.
Crispy, mild fish nuggets with this Bang Bang sauce that stands up to the name. We used halibut for this recipe which I have decided that I love – but you could also use flounder or tilapia if that’s more available to you.
Start by making a breading station for your fish. Flour, eggs and a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
Bread the nuggets and get them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle the nuggets with olive oil or better yet, use an olive oil spray like this one from Crisco. It coats the food way more evenly than just drizzling it on – and crisps up the food a lot better.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until brown on both sides then mix up the Bang Bang sauce.
Prepare to have your minds blown – both kids and adults will have their plates cleaned in minutes.
These tasty homemade fish sticks are about as good as it gets! Kids and adults alike will be diving into this fish dinner!
For the Fish Nuggets
- 1 1/2 lbs. halibut or cod cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup flour
Bang Bang Sauce
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix the parmesan and breadcrumbs in a bowl.
- Add the eggs to another bowl and the flour in a third bowl.
- Bread the nuggets first in the flour, shaking off the excess, then into the eggs, letting the excess egg drip off and then last into the breadcrumb/parmesan coating.
- Place the nuggets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven for 8 minutes, then remove from the oven and flip the nuggets over.
- Return to the oven and cook another 7-8 minutes until the second side is brown.
- While the nuggets are in the oven, mix together the bang bang sauce and serve alongside for dipping.
*Nutrition information is for the fish nuggets only.
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