Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks with Herb Dipping Sauce

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

Homemade fish sticks are far superior to frozen ones -- the whole family will enjoy them.


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 2 cups panko

  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ pounds tilapia fillets, cut into wide strips (see note, above)

  • ½ cup light mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving

  • 2 teaspoons prepared white horseradish


  1. Preheat oven to 475, with racks in top and bottom third. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil; set aside.

  2. Place egg in a wide shallow bowl; season with salt and pepper. In another bowl, combine panko, Old Bay, and oil. Dip tilapia into egg, shaking off excess, then into panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Place on prepared baking sheets.

  3. Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom halfway through. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, parsley, mustard, lemon juice, and horseradish; season with salt and pepper. Serve fish sticks with sauce and lemon wedges on the side.


Cook's Notes

To make fish sticks, cut tilapia fillets in half lengthwise down center line. Halve again lengthwise, then crosswise.

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