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fish sticks paleo gluten-free recipe

For some reason, I can’t get out of my winter funk. We’ve had a few beautiful sunny days, yet I still feel as though I need to go into a small cave and hibernate. I feel such a stunting of my creativity during these dark days (we’ve had a lot more dreary ones than sunny) and a complete lack of drive. I think part of it is all of the illnesses that my family has been through during the past month and our time in familial “retrograde” –we seem to be emerging slowly (emphasis on the slowly more than the emerging). Life these days just feels like walking through glue.

To give myself some energy, I’ve been continuing my protein streak and also trying out variations that the boys might eat. Tonight I made these delicious gluten free fish sticks and served them with steamed kale on the side. The fish sticks are very kid friendly, as is just about anything fried. Given that they’re rather high in protein, I find them adult friendly too, and quite tasty.

Fish Sticks

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  1. Rinse fish fillets in cold water and set on a plate
  2. Cut fish into 1 inch by 5 inch pieces, following the lines of the fillets and removing any bones
  3. Place eggs in one dish and flour and salt in another
  4. Dip fish sticks in egg, then flour; reserve to a plate
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  6. Place half the the fish sticks in the pan, leaving enough room around them so that they aren’t crowded
  7. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until well browned, then remove fish sticks to a plate lined with a paper towel
  8. Add 3 tablespoons olive to pan and fry remaining batch of fish sticks
  9. Serve with ketchup

Serves 4

Make sure to serve this heavier dish with some steamed veggies (broccoli or kale work well) or a big salad to balance out the meal.


posted on February 26, 2008, 34 comments

  1. Gluten-Free Bay @ glutenfreebay.com

    I’m thrilled to see this recipe! I have been eating and loving Dr Praeger’s Potato-crusted Fish Sticks, but now that I’m doing a lower-carb diet where I’m trying to avoid white potatoes as well as refined grains and starches, they aren’t the best for me. This is the PERFECT solution!

    I, too, am suffering from a really bad episode of the winter blues. Maybe fish sticks will help :)

  2. Dear GFB- I hope the fish sticks help with your winter blues as well as your lower-carb diet. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Elana

  3. Freedom

    I hope you dont mind. I added this to tastyplanner.com. Thats where I originally found your website and I have added some of your recipes to my recipe box. I wanted to do these this week but it wasnt on there so I could add it to my planner. I titled it Elana’s fish sticks.

  4. Hi Freedom,

    I don’t mind at all! Glad you are enjoying the recipes.

    Thanks,
    Elana

  5. jyoti

    oh my god.. I am so excited about this recipe. I just bought some fresh scallops and thought I would check here just in case.
    Now I know what my next seafood purchase will be!

  6. Thanks for another great comment, Jyoti. I really appreciate it :-)

  7. Betsy

    WOW!! I have always been intimidated by cooking fish, and this recipe (which I made with tilapia, Honeyville Flour, and Back to the Basiks Key West Citrus Blend spice mix and cooked in coconut oil) was absolutely delicious and so way easy. Way to go Elana!

  8. Hanni @ hannihaus.com

    Elana, have you ever baked these?

  9. Hanni @ hannihaus.com

    OK, I baked these and they were DELICIOUS. My only modification was to reduce almond flour to 3/4 cup and salt by half. My boyfriend says the fish sticks plus yucca fries and green beans is one of his top five favorites. To bake, heat oven to 450. Place fish on oiled baking sheet and cook 10 minutes.

  10. I made these tonight and they were amazing. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe. I cant wait to get yoour cookbook.

  11. I pick up my fish share later today. It is cod and yellowtail flounder. I will use the cod. Hopefully my 23 yo daughter will try them. She just had 4 wisdom teeth removed 2 days ago and is already sick of eggs. I am never sick of eggs.
    Love your cookbook, I’ve read it twice already. I also pick up my fruit share today. I hope there is something I can use w one of your yummy recipes. Peace and Much Success.

  12. I made these tonight and they were amazing! Both of my picky children LOVED them, even the 4 yr old who has never eaten meat other than the occasional dinosaur-shaped chicken nugget (only the dino ones–never the regular). Thank you, thank you, thank you for the recipe!

  13. Eric

    Cool!!! Fish is on the menu for tomorrow night. My 10-year old is going to love these. Now he can have fish sticks just like his brothers. :)

    Also looking forward to getting your book. Should be here courtesy of Amazon sometime this week.

    THANKS!

  14. nicola stockmann-tannerfors @ gfreemom.com

    Am so exited about this recipe. Planning to make it for dinner this evening. Don’t have almond four though. Will probably use breadcrumbs instead. Hoping they will taste good cold too to add to my list of easy kids gluten free lunchboxes, as that will kill two birds with one stone. Thank you!!!

  15. Kathy Hendriks

    This is truly a delicious recipe! My kids that are picky eaters asked for seconds. I made one variation which was to dip the cod in coconut flour before dipping in the egg mixture or you can dip in egg first then place in a bag with mixed almond flour and coconut flour then shake. I tried both methods. I love all forms of coconut. I used coconut flour instead of shredded coconut as I didn’t think my kids would like the texture. Easy to make.

  16. Kara

    I’ve been following the Paleo lifestyle for about 6 weeks now and this site has been an excellent source for delicious paleo-friendly recipes.
    I made these fish sticks last night for a friend who is a picky eater and generally laughs at my food options…She loved them! Super quick and easy. These will definitely be made regularly.

    Thanks!!

  17. debbie

    Elana, can you remind me of which almond flour you like. Also , if this is the first time i’m using it can i just try Bob’s Red mill(i know you don’t like it for bread, but is it ok for the fish?)

    what about the schar breadcrumbs or the Hol Grain batter mix?

    • elana

      Debbie,

      Please click on the link in the recipe above for a place to purchase Blanched Almond Flour; I link all my special ingredients to sources for purchase.

      You might want to visit my Forums to see if anyone has any suggestions on substituting flours other than the ones I recommend.

      Elana

  18. debbie

    My celiac/diabetic child has now been diagnosed with a tree nut allergy. What other flour would you recommend to substitute for almond flour for the fish sticks?

  19. liz trantanella

    I am really excited to try these this week and blessed to have found your website. I am curious as to what dipping sauce is in the picture?
    Thanks!

  20. Stephanie

    We had these for dinner tonight. I only changed adding pepper and trader joe’s lemon pepper to the almond flour. My whole gang was wowed!! Even the 9 yr old who “doesn’t eat fish”!!! Thanks for the innovative recipes, Elana!

  21. I have made quite a few things from your site now and loved them all (simple bread, muffins, cupcakes…). As expected, these didn’t let me down either! They weren’t as crispy as I had hoped, but they really curbed my craving for the breaded kind so that that automatically makes me a huge fan.

    Thank you for your creative and unique website!

  22. K Foxman @ kfoxman.com

    Elana, thank you so much for this tasty recipe! Had these last night and they were DELICIOUS! Way better than the store-bought kind. :)

  23. Hana

    My family and I are LOVING your recipes! Thank you for sharing.

  24. Sadie

    thank you so much for this great recipe. i have a question, my baby is allergic to egg whites, can i replace eggs with flax seeds in this recipe? thank you.

  25. Kelley

    Elana – I had to write to thank you for this recipe! My son is autistic and super picky about textures. Getting him to eat any protein is a challenge. I was SO excited that he liked this! Thank you!

  26. jj

    if youre lacking energy, you should look into mct oil or cooking with coconut oil..

  27. Samantha Packer

    Does anyone know if you can do this recipe without eggs? I am finally almost fully paleo, but I’m extremely allergic to all eggs. I’ve read for other fish batters (without almond flour) that you can use ice cold water to help the flour stick to the fish. Anyone know anything about it?

    • Antoinette

      I see that this was a year ago, but in have the same issue and I substitute 1tbls of flax meal mixed with 3 tbls warm water to replace one egg. Mix it together until becomes a little thicker(almost an egg consistency).

  28. Eva Rector

    I couldn’t find almond flour, so I tried someone else’s suggestion and used coconut flour. The taste was good, but the texture was a little too “floury”, so I’m going to try adding a bit of milk to the egg next time. They were otherwise very good, and I am happy to add this recipe to my collection!

  29. Racheal @ Running with Racheal @ runningwithracheal.com

    I made these last night and they were wonderful! I didn’t have any grape seed oil, so I used only olive oil. The oil did pop a lot, but the fish tasted great. Yummy with some hot sauce.

    Thanks Elana!

  30. Anna S.

    I loved these! Next time I won’t get the oil so hot before I start, but they were yummy anyway. I liked doing smaller pieces so they got crunchier. Thanks so much, Elana!!

  31. Sara

    I made these last night and they tasted great, but the presentation wasn’t there. My breading kept falling off while I was cooking it. I still went back for seconds which I never do with fish.

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