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Fancy Fish Sticks

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 3 fish sticks, 2 tablespoons sauce, and 1 lime wedge)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard (such as Zatarain's)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup lager-style beer
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons creamy mustard blend (such as Dijonnaise)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted pumpkinseed kernels, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 pound halibut or other lean white fish fillets (such as cod or pollack), cut into 4 x 1-inch pieces (about 12 pieces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 lime wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 425
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 6 g
  • polyfat 6.2 g
  • protein 36.9 g
  • carbohydrate 29.5 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 91 mg
  • iron 5 mg
  • sodium 597 mg
  • calcium 98 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cover and chill.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°.

  3. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and spread evenly with oil; heat in oven 12 minutes.

  4. Combine flour and black pepper in a shallow dish. Combine 1/2 cup beer, mustard blend, lime juice, egg whites, and egg in a shallow dish; stir with a whisk until foamy. Place panko, pumpkinseeds, cumin, and chipotle pepper in a food processor; pulse 20 times or until coarse crumbs form. Place panko mixture in a shallow dish.

  5. Sprinkle fish evenly with salt. Working with one piece at a time, dredge fish in flour mixture. Dip in egg mixture, and dredge in panko mixture until completely covered.

  6. Remove preheated baking sheet from oven; place fish on pan, and return to oven. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork, turning once. Serve immediately with sauce and lime wedges.

  7. Sustainable Choice: If Pacific halibut is not available, you can use Alaskan pollack and U.S. Pacific cod as alternatives.