Fish Sticks in a Flash

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Family vacations, swimming, soccer, reunions, little league cookouts and other summer breaks leave little time to relax. Adding to the summer stress is the challenge of finding the time to cook a nutritious family meal your kids will actually eat. By starting with healthful, versatile ingredients, you can easily make wholesome, kid-friendly meals.


Catfish can be ready to eat in as little as 10 minutes, which makes it an ideal meal solution for families with busy summer schedules. It has a mild taste, so even kids who usually turn up their noses at fish will enjoy its subtle flavors.

All of the ingredients in today’s recipe should be available at your local natural and organic food store.

Fish Sticks in a Flash
Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1 pound catfish filets, cut into 1-inch-thick strips 

  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Lightly oil or coat a large baking sheet with canola-oil cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine cornmeal, cheese, garlic powder and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  3. Place canola oil in small bowl. Lightly coat each piece of fish in canola oil and then roll in breading until well coated.
  4. Arrange fish on prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Catfish Institute and CanolaInfo

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