I love cooking with my kids. It’s a great way to spend family time together, as well as being the perfect opportunity to introduce a wider variety of foods into their diets. I find that involving them in the cooking makes them much more open to trying new flavours and dishes; it’s hard to resist tasting your own creation!
Fish is a really healthy food choice for kids. It’s high in protein, the best dietary source of vitamin D, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for growth and development. So it makes sense to try and include it in family meals on a regular basis.
Not everyone enjoys cooking with fresh fish though; fiddly bones to remove, unwanted smells and expense can stop us taking advantage of the obvious health benefits. I recommend picking up frozen, boneless fish – it’s ready to cook with no preparation, and because it’s frozen you avoid smells in the fridge. It’s also great value for money and easy to use only what you need, making it perfect for small kids’ portions.
I’ve been working on some fun fish recipes that you can get the kids involved with cooking. They’re perfect for family mealtimes; easy, quick and tasty, as well as fun to make together and packed with nutritious ingredients.
Today’s recipe is my healthy take on fish and chips: Crispy cod goujons, made with frozen cod loin fillets, served alongside a lemon and mint dip recipe shared, wilted spinach, and mashed potato.
These homemade fish fingers are guaranteed to become a real family favourite. Here’s how to make them. And don’t forget to get the kids involved – this is a fun, messy job.
- 2 frozen cod fillets
- 150g (5.29 oz) breadcrumbs
- 100g (3.52 oz) cornmeal (or plain flour)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- a pinch of salt and pepper
- a pinch of mild chilli powder
Defrost the cod – this will take an hour or two. Then slice into fingers.
Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan / 400F). Mix a pinch of pepper, salt and chilli powder into the cornmeal. Dip a fish piece into the cornmeal to lightly cover. Shake off the excess, then dip into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs.
Repeat with every piece of fish, placing them on an oiled baking tray as you go.
Bake for 12-14 minutes until just golden. You can break one of your homemade fish fingers open to make sure the fish is cooked through.
Ta da! A simple, delicious, healthy fish finger dinner, made in a jiffy.
Have you tried making homemade fish fingers before? Will you give this recipe a go?
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Crispy cod goujons aka homemade fish fingers
- 2 frozen cod fillets
- 150 g (5.3 oz) breadcrumbs
- 100 g (3.5 oz) cornmeal or plain flour
- 2 eggs beaten
- pinch salt and pepper
- pinch mild chilli powder
- Defrost the cod – this will take an hour or two. Then slice into fingers.
- Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan / 400F). Mix a pinch of pepper, salt and chilli powder into the cornmeal. Dip a fish piece into the cornmeal to lightly cover. Shake off the excess, then dip into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs.
- Repeat with every piece of fish, placing them on an oiled baking try as you go.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until just golden. You can break one open to make sure the fish is cooked through.
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More great fish recipes to try
If you enjoyed these crispy cod goujons, don’t forget to check out my Salmon Fish Cakes, Spicy Lentil Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, Grilled Halloumi Vegetable Couscous with a Yoghurt Mint Dressing and Zesty Bean Quinoa Patties!
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