Suitable for: Catfish, Pangasius, Tilapia, Orange Roughy, Yellow Perch, Ocean Perch, Croaker filets.
We forget how much more sensitive children are to new tastes and textures (fish sticks and nuggets commercially aimed at children definitely emphasize the “fried” over the “fish,” and leave some young customers wanting fries with everything!). Here are some different approaches to children—and adults—to build their enthusiasm for fish. And no, there aren’t any bones!
2-quart baking dish, buttered or oiled
1 lb. fish filets, cut in 2-inch strips
Hot dog rolls
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Roll fish strips in ketchup. Lay in baking dish, not touching. Bake 8-12 minutes, till fish is firm. Serve in hot-dog rolls.
Option: Cover fish strips with ketchup and crushed potato chips (press down slightly so crumbs adhere), instead of serving on rolls.
Option: If your children like barbecue sauce, substitute for ketchup. Coating “dogs” with mayonnaise and rolling in potato-chip crumbs also makes them seem less fishy-squishy-ishy.