Posh Fish Fingers

Last year, when Christina admitted to a love of corn dogs I breathed a tiny sigh of relief.  Perhaps I wasn’t such a freak in the food blogging world.  Yes, the vast majority of food I eat is prepared with fresh ingredients and yes, they are usually well balanced, healthy meals.  But I have to tell you this: I’m more than partial to the odd fish finger sandwich. 

White bread, grilled cod fish fingers, a light smearing of butter and a generous splodge of tomato sauce.  It’s the kind of lunch that I crave whilst watching CSI (Las Vegas, of course) DVDs on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Or the kind of dinner I desire on an essay swamped Tuesday evening.  I’ve even been know to hanker after one on a hazy Saturday morning.

It was a lack of fish fingers in the freezer one evening that led me to make my own.  They were so very, very good though that sandwichising them didn’t seem appropriate.  Instead I steamed a pile of greens and created a light dip from whatever I could find.  The following was the result and it was fab.  Been making them ever since.  Not constantly, you understand.  That would be weird.

Hoki Goujons with Dill Dip

(serves 2)

150g hoki fillet (or firm white fish – go for MSC approved where possible)

2 tblspn flour, seasoned

1 egg, beaten

50g white breadcrumbs

1 tblspn finely chopped parsley

Rape seed oil (or other light vegetable oil)

For the dip:

4 tblspn fromage frais

1 tspn white wine vinegar

1 tblspn chopped dill

  • For the dip: mix the fromage frais, dill and vinegar together.  Chill until ready to serve.
  • Lay out the seasoned flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs mixed with parsley on three seperate plates.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan over a medium heat.
  • Dip the fish strips in the flour then the egg and then roll in the breadcrumbs.  Add to the hot oil and fry for two minutes on each side until golden.
  • Remove fish from the oil and blot dry on kitchen paper before serving with the dill sauce and lots of steamed greens.

19 thoughts on “Posh Fish Fingers

  1. Wendy, I am MORE than partial to the odd fish finger sarnie!! Fabulous. Although I go for butter and brown sauce in mine. Loved your dog post too by the way, we were supposed to be getting a dog earlier this year and then we couldn’t as we realised we just don’t have the time and it wouldn’t be fair. Still really want one though, we were going to get one from Battersea dog’s home.

  2. Those look wonderful. That’s funny, D. and I were just talking about fish finger sandwiches yesterday and both regretted not having had one in a very long time. You’re not on your own!

  3. Jules – They were rather good. :)

    Helen – It’s taking quite a few sacrifices and help from friends and family in order for me to get a dog. It’s going to be worth it though! Can’t wait.

    Megan – It’s a fish from the waters around New Zealand. It’s white and firm. Like cod and haddock. It’s not overfished (yet) like these two.

    Sylvie – So glad to hear it!

    Patricia – I was really pleased with how crisp they were. :)

    Aforkfullofspaghetti – If I had to make something constantly, I could definitely do worse!

    The Phantom Chef – A man after my own heart. :)

  4. This sounds like a wonderful, wonderful meal. Crunch and fish and creamy dipping sauce–you just can’t go wrong. I’m glad to hear my admission of corn-dog-love was a relief rather than a concern.

  5. Christina – And it was educational too. Had no idea what a corn dog was until you explained. :)

    Lucy – Very glad to hear it. And the dill sauce was perfect with it. Was actively avoiding mayonaise!

    Charlotte – Let me know if you and the kids enjoy it! :)

  6. once upon a time when I was a small unvegetarian child I loved fish fingers (but who ever saw a fish with fingers?) and I have been known to seek vegetarian fingers for the comfort and nostalgia

  7. CSI Las Vegas!? Right on. That’s my ultimate “comfort show” (thank goodness they show it in Japan), and fried fish is equally comforting. This picture has my mouth watering, and I hope to make something similar soon! :)

  8. Megan – Not sure it’s worth ordering, to be honest. It tastes pretty similar to most firm white fish. It was the only MSC choice at the fish counter that day. :)

    Antonia – Thank you. They were good.

    Johanna – Vegetarian fish fingers? Can’t even imagine!

    Brianna – It’s the best, isn’t it? :)

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