Here comes another amazing revamp of a childhood classic: the fish stick! These parmesan and garlic crusted tilapia sticks are simple and taste great dipped in warm marinara sauce. Panko and buttermilk make a simple baked breading.
1 pound tilapia or any other firm, white fish such as cod
1/4 cup buttermilk
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
cup finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
Marinara sauce for dipping
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut fish into 1/2-inch strips and sprinkle a little salt on both sides.
In a small shallow bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk and pressed garlic. In another shallow bowl combine the bread crumbs, cheese, and a big pinch of salt and pepper.
Dip the fish sticks into the wet mixture, letting excess liquid drip off, then coat in bread crumb mixture. Lay on a baking sheet and repeat with remaining fish sticks.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. If you want them golden brown, broil them for the last minute of baking time.
Serve with warm marinara sauce.