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Grown-Up Parmesan Fish Sticks

Ingredients

  • 1 large piece of cod cut in 1" strip
  • 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 c. panko bread crumbs or half regular bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. finely minced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped chives

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Cut the cod into 1" strips. Refrigerate until ready to do the breading.
  3. Set out three bowls or breading trays. Put the flour in one bowl, the beaten eggs in second bowl and in the third bowl mix the bread crumbs with the sea salt, black pepper, paprika, lemon pepper and the Parmesan cheese.
  4. Take the pieces of cod, one at a time, and dredge first in the flour, then in the egg then coat on all sides with the bread crumb mixture. Put this on a greased or sprayed cookie sheet. Continue with the other fish pieces until you have everything coated.  Drizzle olive oil (or any kind of oil) over the fish sticks and bake at 450° for 15 minutes or browned and crunchy.
  5. *Tip -- I usually divide my bread crumb mixture in half that way you do not get the egg all gunked up in the crumbs.
  6. For the dipping sauce:  Mix the mayonnaise with all the other ingredients and stir until blended. Chill until ready to serve.