Jumbo fish fingers

Golden crispy breadcrumbs

Jumbo fish fingers

Jumbo fish fingers

Makes 10 portions
Cooks In25 minutes prep, plus cooking
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 359 18%
  • Fat 18.7g 27%
  • Saturates 3.8g 19%
  • Sugars 0.7g 1%
  • Salt 0.7g 12%
  • Protein 30g 60%
  • Carbs 17.3g 7%
  • Fibre 1.9g -
Of an adult's reference intake
recipe adapted from

Super Food Family Classics

By Jamie Oliver
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Ingredients

  • 1 x 1.2 kg side of salmon , skin off, pin-boned, from sustainable sources
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 2 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 200 g wholemeal bread
  • 30 g Cheddar or Parmesan cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 x 2½ lbs side of salmon, skin off, pin-boned, from sustainable sources
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 8 oz whole-grain bread
  • 1 oz Cheddar cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
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recipe adapted from

Super Food Family Classics

By Jamie Oliver
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Method

  1. Something as humble and everyday as a fish finger can be made more nutritious if you make your own, and even better, you can go jumbo in size. I like to use salmon, but white fish works well, too.
  2. Cut the fish into 10 x 120g portions. The nature of the shape of the salmon side means that they won’t be uniform in size, but that’s all part of their charm. I tend to cut the side lengthways about 3cm thick, then into chunks from that.
  3. Sprinkle the flour across a plate. In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the paprika and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Tear the bread into a food processor, grate in the cheese, add 2 tablespoons of oil, season with sea salt and black pepper, and whiz until you have breadcrumbs (see below for some exciting addition ideas), then tip into a baking tray.
  5. Turn each fish portion in the flour until evenly coated, dip it in the egg mixture, letting any excess drip off, then turn it in the breadcrumbs until well coated all over. Transfer to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, layering them up between sheets of paper until all of the fish is coated.
  6. Cook right away or freeze in the tray – once frozen, you can pop them into a tub or sandwich bags for easier storage.
  7. To cook, place however many jumbo fish fingers you need on a roasting tray and cook in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/gas 6 for 15 minutes from fresh, or 20 minutes from frozen, or until golden and cooked through.
  1. Something as humble and everyday as a fish finger can be made even more nutritious if you make your own, and even better, you can go jumbo in size! I like to use salmon but, of course, white fish works well, too.
  2. Cut the fish into 10 x 4-oz portions. The nature of the shape of the salmon side means that they won’t be uniform in size, but that’s all part of their charm. I tend to cut the side lengthways about 1¼ inch thick, then into chunks from that.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the paprika and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Tear the bread into a food processor, grate in the cheese, add 2 tablespoons of oil, and whizz until you have bread crumbs, then tip into a tray (this is probably more bread than you need, but it is easier to work with — simply discard whatever’s left).
  5. Coat each fish portion in the egg mixture, let any excess drip off, then turn in the bread crumbs until well coated all over. Transfer to a pan lined with parchment paper, layering them up between sheets of paper until they’re all coated. Cook right away or freeze in the pan — once frozen, you can pop them into a container or sandwich bags for easier storage
  6. To cook, place however many jumbo fish fingers you need on a roasting pan and cook in a preheated oven at 400°F for 15 minutes from fresh, or 20 minutes from frozen, or until golden and cooked through.

Tips

Sides of salmon are often on offer in the supermarket – it’s simply one of the realities of the fish farming industry that, due to variations in supply and demand, there’ll be surpluses. So when you see salmon on offer, take advantage of that great value!

EASY SWAPS:
– You can apply this breadcrumbing principle to prawns, chicken, veg, or even chunks of halloumi or feta cheese.
– I’ve made fresh breadcrumbs in this recipe, but if you’ve got stale ones, use them, that’s no problem at all.

BOOST YOUR BREADCRUMBS:
– Try blitzing garlic and fresh or dried herbs like rosemary, oregano or thyme into your crumbs.
– A small handful of porridge oats will add lovely texture.
– Chuck in some nuts for extra nutritional benefit, think almonds, cashews or pine nuts.
– A couple of anchovy fillets would be delicious.
– Add a sprinkling of dried red chilli flakes if you like a bit of heat.

recipe adapted from

Super Food Family Classics

By Jamie Oliver