When I was growing up we didn't eat meat on Fridays, and the go-to non-meat item was fish sticks! I don't have particularly fond memories of them from back then — at best they were bland, and at worst they were pretty soggy — but you had them for dinner and got on with it. The alternative was salmon patties (with salmon from a jar!), so fish sticks were pretty great.
Well, they've come a long way since then. Anyone who's ever ordered a fish taco knows that a mild, breaded fish can pack major flavor. And thanks to a fish-loving friend, I finally found fish sticks that I'm just as happy to eat myself as I am to serve to my kids.
The winner: Natural Sea Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Nuggets. Yes, they're nuggets and technically not stick-shaped, but that might actually make me like them more.
First of all, the fish is sustainably sourced and caught in an MSC-certified fishery based in Alaska, which makes you feel good. And the sticks themselves get golden-brown crunchy on the outside, and flaky and mild on the inside — just like you'd want them. My kids love them as is, and for the grown-ups the fish nuggets are an easy protein add-on for tacos, salads, or a coastal-inspired sandwich. Of course, I'd be lying if I said I never ate them right out of the oven.
When my girls were younger, we did the Dr. Praeger's Lightly Breaded Fishies, and those are still a good pick for them (and they have gluten-free options, as well), but now that we've tried these, we are hooked. (Get it?)
What about you, do you have fish sticks that you like?