Growing up in the 80s I could never forget how popular fish fingers were in Italy. There was lots of advertisement on television, magazines and newspapers with catchy and funny videos to grab children's attention. The biggest make was Findus.
Over the last 20 years in Italy with people being more aware of healthy eating and organic food, fish fingers have been less popular.
Italian parents have realized that fresh fish is definitely much better for their children than industrial cod in batter. At least I can say people don't buy fish fingers as much as they used to.
As my dad was keen on healthy eating already back in the 70s my mum hardly used to buy them, but she definitely used to get canned sardines and we would put canned tuna very often on the table. Sardines would come in large 1 Kg tins and it was considered normal (at least if you didn't live near the coast) to have them canned.
These days the only sardines we buy in Italy are fresh ones and canned tuna is mainly used for cooking like for making a tuna pasta for instance and not to be eaten just on its own.
It is interesting how we have kind of "grown up" and become more aware of what we are eating. These days we have more access to information thanks to the internet and there are no excuses of not knowing where our food comes from.
So after all of this, today I decided to make fish fingers at home. I bought some fresh cod at the fishmongers and made lots of them for the joy of my children and my husband too! And, by the way, they loved them!!
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 10 - 15 minutes
With a sharp knife cut the cod fillet into 8 cm long fingers
Put the fish in a bowl with the lemon juice, a sprinkle of salt and 2 tbsp of oil; let it rest for 10 minutes
Put the breadcrumbs, the flour and the whisked eggs in 3 separate plates
Coat the fish in the flour, in the eggs and then in the breadcrumbs which you can make yourself with toasted bread.
In a non-stick pan heat some oil and cook the fish a few minutes each side until golden
Serve warm with lemon wedges