Monday, February 22, 2016

Week 1, Day 1: Fish Nuggets

Today we made easy 5 ingredient Fish Nuggets using tilapia.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
3 Tilapia Fillets
1/2 cup of corn starch
1 cup of bread crumbs - we used Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs
1 egg
2 tbsp milk

Cooking spray and oil for the pan

1/2 cup of mayonaise
2 tbsps of prepared horseradish
1 stem of green onion

Directions: 

1. Pre-heat oven to 450 F and put a large baking sheet into the oven to heat it up
2. Wash the fish fillets and cut them up into 1 inch squares, approximately.
3. Get three bowls - one for cornstarch, one for bread crumbs, the other for the egg and milk mixture (whisk milk and egg together)
4. Dredge each piece of fish in corn starch
5. Dip each piece of fish into egg mixture, coating all sides
6. Dredge each piece in the breadcrumbs, coating all sides
7. Place onto a plate
8. Get out your hot baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray, then coat it with some oil - we used olive oil
9. Put the fish pieces onto the baking sheet and place into oven for 12 minutes

While the fish is cooking, make the sauce.

For the Sauce:
Mix together 1/2 cup of mayo and 2 tbsp of prepared horseradish. Mix in finely chopped green onions.

This recipe is quick and easy and takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. Just remember to defrost your fish if it's frozen!

What we liked:
Super quick and easy. The fish was just as good as pub fish and chips. The sauce complements it extremely well. Using the cornstarch for the pre-breading allows the fish to be coated evenly and comes out golden and well cooked on all sides. It works much better than flour.

What we didn't like: 
It could have used a side, maybe English chips (french fries) next time. This would have added a lot more prep time.

What Kaspian thought about it: 
"I don't like your fish nuggets. I want dinosaur chicken nuggets" It did not warrant a try. We tried to sneak one onto his plate, but it was promptly ejected with squeals of "I don't want that on my plate!".

Next time: 
Use beer instead of milk to mix with the egg. Specifically Guiness draught would go well for more of a pub fish taste. Do a side such as potatoes or broccoli. Chop the green onions more finely. We just did rough circles but it was hard to get them onto the fish pieces.