fish finger

 fish finger

Garnished fish fingers with tartar sauce for fish finger recipe

Fish finger
how to make fish finger recipe restaurant style at home with video.

Who doesn't love those crispy bites of fish dipping into Tatar sauce. Yeah fish finger is one of such hugely popular dish that you can't resist to try.

Fish finger is a finger size fish strips usually boneless marinated in mustard base marination and crumbed and then deep fried till crisp golden. They are crisp from outside and juicy from inside.

You can use different types of fish fillet to make fish finger at home. All you need to boneless the fish and cut them into finger sized pieces.
Salmon, betki, Pomfret, basa and seer are among few fish that can be used to make fish fingers.  Fish like Cod, hake, pollock are also can be used for making fish fingers.

In restaurants generally Basa fish is used for fish finger.

You can cut the fish fillet into strips approximately 6-8 cm long and 1-2 cm wide to make fish finger. You can follow the lines in the fish or just cut the fillet as shown below.
Fish finger can easily be freeze for more than 15 days. The uncooked fish fingers are often freezed for later use.
You can easily throw them at room temperature and then fry , grill or bake them till crisp golden. Frozen fish fingers can be microwave for 2 to 3 minutes before frying in medium hot oil.

Other popular fish recipe like surmai fry, bangda fry and bombil fry are also easy to make at home.

How to cook fish finger
Generally fish fingers are deep fried but can be grilled and bake. It take different time in different methods to cook fish fingers.

Deep fry :-   The best way to cook fish finger is by deep frying. For that heat oil in a deep vessel pan in medium flame until a breadcrumb sizzles and turn brown  when dropped into it. Carefully add the fish fingers and cook for 5-6 minutes or until crisp golden.
You can even fry the frozen fish fingers in a frying pan. Heat oil in a low flame and fry the frozen fish to defrost slowly. Turn the flame up to crisp the fingers up at the end.

Grill :- Preheat the grill for 7-8 minutes and brush with some oil and place the fish fingers. Cook until crisp golden from all sides. You can use a non stick pan also to grill them.

Bake :-  Preheat the Oven at 180C for 6-7 minutes. Take a baking tray and grease with cooking oil and place the fingers . Bake them for 20 minutes until crisp golden.
You can make frozen fish fingers crispy by using baking also.
Spray cooking spray over the frozen fish fingers and arrange in a baking tray and bake until crisp golden, flipping halfway through. Bake them for 20-25 minutes.
You can not put fish fingers in microwave to cook. Fish fingers have a breadcrumb coating which need to be crisp by either frying or grilling. If you microwave fish fingers then the bread crumbs coating will come out. So it is not a good idea to microwave a fish fingers.
Fish with no coating can be cooked in a microwave as a alternative to steaming.

Steps to make the recipe

Cut fish into finger size strips

Fish finger cutting is easy  first trim the sides and tail of the fish fillet. Then using a sharp knife cut the fillet into finger sized.

Finger fish cutting is easy, all you need is to keep the size into finger size.
Cutting fish fillet into finger sized for fish fingers recipe

Marinating fish fingers

Take the fingers into a mixing bowl and add the salt , black pepper powder and lemon juice. Leave it to marinate for 15 minutes.
After the marination, mix the mustard paste with the fish fingers very well. Then add the all purpose flour and further mix to coat all the fingers.
Mixed mustard paste with fish fingers for fish finger recipe

Pour the beaten egg and mix. Further add  chopped parsley and give it a final mix. Leave it to marinate for 1 hour.
Fish fingers with mustard paste and parsley for fish finger recipe

Coating and frying

Now coat them with bread crumbs one by one and press to set.
Heat oil in a deep vessel in medium flame. And fry the fish fingers for 5-6 minutes or till crisp golden.
Crisp golden fried fish fingers in oil for fish fingers recipe

Remove the fish fingers in a absorbent paper to absorb any excess oil. Garnish and serve the fish fingers.
Garnished fish fingers with sprouts salad and sauce for fish finger recipe

Fish fingers can be made in many other ways too. Like Masala fish finger, Crusty fish finger.  One such popular recipe is Bengali fish finger recipe where many Indian spices are used to make it.

Sauce for fish finger
Fish fingers are best to eat with tartar sauce. Just dip them and take the yummy bites.
You can use garlic mayo dip for fish fingers also. Even a cocktail sauce work nice with this . Mint Cilantro ( green chutney) sauce can also be served with fish fingers.

Tartar sauce in a bowl for tartar sauce recipe

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dill pickle
  • 2 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
Mayonnaise,dill pickles, parsley and lemon juice for tartar sauce recipe

Take mayonnaise in a mixing bowl and add the finely chopped dill pickle, parsley, lemon juice and black pepper powder.
Mayonnaise mixed with ingredients for tartar sauce recipe for fish fingers

Give everything a fine stir and serve.
If you love the fish fingers recipe then you would love the recipe of Chicken fingers as well.
Bengali fish finger
  •  1 boneless fish fillet
  •  1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  •  1 teaspoon lemon juice
  •  1/2 teaspoon green chilli paste
  •  1/2 teaspoon dhaniya powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon jeera powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  •  5 teaspoon Maida( all purpose flour)
  • 1 beaten egg
  •  1 cup bread crumbs
  •  2 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt or as per taste
  •  oil for deep frying
  1. Cut the fish fillet into finger sized shaped and mix with ginger garlic paste, green chili paste, salt and lemon juice. Keep it to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. After that mix red chilli powder, dhaniya powder,jeera powder and garam masala. Again mix the Maida with the fish fingers 
  3. Now mix the beaten egg and dust with  breadcrumbs to coat evenly from all sides one by one.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai in medium flame and fry them till crisp golden

                Fish finger recipe

Serving fish fingers with tartar sauce for fish fingers recipe

In Fish finger recipe finger size boneless fish pieces are marinated and coated with bread crumbs and deep fried till crisp golden. Different spices like salt, pepper, mustard paste are used to marinate them. These fish fingers are served with tartar sauce.

Prep time            cooking time         serving
10 min                   6 min                           2
Author                  Mobasir hassan


  • 1 boneless fish fillet

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon mustard paste
  • 4 teaspoon all purpose flour (Maida)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoon fresh parsley or Cilantro
  • Oil for deep frying

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash the fish fillet and trim its sides and tail. Then cut into finger size.n
  2. In a mixing bowl mix the fish with salt,  lemon juice and black pepper powder. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. After that mix them with mustard paste. Add all purpose flour, beaten egg and chopped parsley.
  4. Give them a final mix and keep covered for 1 hour to marinate.

   Making fish finger

  1. Take the marinated fish pieces and coat with the bread crumbs one by one.
  2. Press the fish pieces between palm of hand to set.t
  3. Heat oil in a deep vessel pan or kadai in medium flame.
  4. When the oil become hot enough lower the flame to low and add the marinated fish fingers one by one carefully.
  5. Fry them for 5 - 6 minutes or till crisp  golden.
  6. The fried fish pieces start to float over the oil.  That indicates that it is done
  7. Remove them in a tissue paper to absorb any excess oil.
  8. Garnish a plate and serve them with  tartar sauce.

   Fish finger recipe video 

Nutritional value
  • Calories :-  233 kcal
  • Carbohydrate :- 24 g | Fats :- 4g
  • Protein :- 21g  | fiber :- 1 g
Fish finger is good for growing kids as it is rich in protein which is important for muscle growth.
Fish is also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are important for eye and brain tissue development.
You can read the full recipe of heathy Indian Mackerel fish fry recipe
         Serving tips
Fish fingers are served with tartar sauce . You can even serve garlic mayo sauce with fish fingers.
It is good to serve a fresh salad with it like tossed green salad . My personal favorite is brussel sprouts salad with fish fingers.  It is a very healthy combination to have fish fingers with sprouts salad.
Thousands island sauce is another good choice to serve with fish fingers for kids.

         Recipe notes
• You can use Chilli flakes to make it spicy. Herbs like oregano also can be used to make fish finger.
• In place of bread crumbs you can use crushed corn flakes to coat them. It really taste nice and gives it a rich texture.

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