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Fish Sticks for Kids

Crispy cod strips are coated in a Panko and Parmesan crust and baked to golden perfection. Serve with corn on the cob or beans and fries for a foolproof, kid-friendly meal.
Course Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 lb cod or other firm white fish, cut into 1 " x 3" strips
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • paprika
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • non-stick baking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  2. Set out 3 bowls. Beat egg whites in one bowl and set aside. Place flour, Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt, pepper, and paprika in another bowl and stir together, and set aside. Put Panko crumbs in the third bowl.
  3. Dip each fish stick in the flour, then the egg whites, letting the excess egg whites drip off. Then roll in the Panko crumbs, coating evenly. Place each fish stick on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 14 minutes, turning the fish sticks halfway during the cooking, until golden brown.