Homemade fish fingers

Homemade fish fingers

By 04/07/2013

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.

fish fingers

Findus fish fingers were popular in the 80s

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

making the batter

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

Homemade fish fingers

Serve warm with lemon wedges

Homemade fish fingers



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11 Responses to Homemade fish fingers

  1. Sue Olivnant

    Hi Alida, never thought of making my own fish fingers – I have coley and hake in the freezer – I guess I could use these fish types. Trying to do my best at not using too much cod to conserve the species, so I use whiting, catfish and the above mentioned fish. We always have fish and chips on a Friday, so I shall make these tonight and let you know how I got on.

    • Alida

      And you are absolutely right about trying other species. These are perfectly nice with coley (which is a very good fish too!)or other types of fish.
      Let me know if you enjoyed them. Mark loved them!

  2. Ckay

    Alida, this recipe is awesome.
    My children love fish fingers and I’ll definitely try your recipe.
    I love baking and cooking from scratch, but most of all, I love to know what it is in my plate.

    I’ve grown up close to the Italian Border (cari saluti dal canton Ticino ) but have moved to the Northern part of Switzerland.

    Glad to have met you, via “Made with Love Mondays”.
    If you wish, please visit my blog.

    All the best and thanks again,

  3. Javelin Warrior

    Delicious, Alida! I’m so thrilled you re-made this classic from-the-freezer-box favorite into something homemade and from-scratch! So beautiful and it sounds and looks amazing…

    • Alida

      Yes they really are moreish Mark. I will make them again. Have a nice weekend!

  4. Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    Alida, I was having this exact same conversation with my husband just yesterday, snap! It’s funny how our ancestors ate SO well 40+ years ago, then fast food and prepackaged plastic food was god and now with the world wide web, we’re going back to basics, eating as our ancestors did however with the added knowledge about nutrition.
    Your fish fingers look most delicious!

    • Alida

      Thanks so much Lisa. Have a nice weekend!

  5. Louise

    Hi Alida!

    WOW, those are no ordinary fish sticks that’s for sure. They look amazing!!! Marion isn’t much of a fish eater but I bet I could convince her to try these!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  6. la cucina di Molly

    Buonissimo, è un ottimo modo di prepararlo per far mangiare il pesce ai nostri piccoli! Buona domenica, ciao!

  7. Alida

    I bambini sono spesso cosi, ma poi diventano piu’ flessibili e mangiano piu’ cose. I pediatri dicono che sono delle fasi normali della crescita 🙂

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