Oh I’m a bad blogger and I’m 3 weeks behind on my 52 Weeks of Blogging challenge! In retrospect, I did so well in April because I had a goal and a focus in mind. When May came around, there were so many things I could do, I found myself a little overwhelmed! I had a list of recipes I wanted to try, wanted to blog and things I wanted to talk about. When it came to actually doing it, I got a tad lazy, then I couldn’t focus fully, then I totally felt like all my pictures sucked! I’ve cooked these past 2 weeks, but nothing came out pretty enough for me to want to put it out there. So these past 2 days I’ve been really on it in an effort to get my groove back! I have to do 4 posts this week to catch up and I do have them, but it seems something else is always coming up and I feel constantly tired these days. It’s been one of THOSE months. What do you do to get yourself over the hump of laziness and lack of motivation? I spoke with my blogger sister and she tells me how she schedules herself 4 days a week to work on her blog, now that’s commitment!

Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I’m a fiend for fried fish, fish sticks, fish and chips, fish tacos.. etc. I dig it all. Funny enough growing up in a traditional household, I got all my American foods from school lunches. It’s there I discovered fish sticks, tater tots, hash browns, spaghetti and so much more. I don’t remember if any of it was particularly good, but to this day I still crave fish sticks and tater tots! As I age further and further into my mid-30s (gosh I’m getting up there!) I know consciously I should not be indulging in all my fried favorites as much as I do.

Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I’ve taken to baking many things these past few years, though some things are just better fried. Upping the flavor profile with herbs, spices and very flavorful ingredients has helped me not miss the need for fried crunchy batters. Well, mostly not miss! I decided to make this simple baked take on fish sticks because I was craving it pretty hard-core. Paired with roasted brussel sprouts and a spicy mayo and I had a clean, flavorful, easy and healthy dinner.

Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

INGREDIENTS:
Coconut Panko Fish:
3 Filet of Cod, cut into sticks (or any firm white flesh fish)
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Garlic Powder (not garlic salt!)
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
1 cup Grated Coconut
2 Eggs
Water
Salt to taste
Black Pepper
Olive Oil

Spicy Mayo:
3/4 Cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
3-4 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Clove of Garlic, finely minced
3-4 tbsp Sambal Oelek, or to taste
2 tsp Honey
Black Pepper

Roasted Brussel Sprouts:
5 cups Brussel Sprouts, halved or quarter
3 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Black Pepper

METHOD:
Spicy Mayo:
1. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor (or by hand), transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Let all those flavors come together! Confession, I think I added about 1/2 cup or more of Sambal Oelek, I couldn’t help it, I love that stuff!
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Toss brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt and black pepper. Transfer to sheet pan

3. Set brussel sprouts cut side down, trust me on this! Place in oven and roast for 30-35 mins
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

4. Marvel at how awesome your brussel sprouts look after they’ve been roasted.
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

See all that brown goodness? I told you to trust me on this!
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Coconut Panko Fish Sticks:
1. Set oven to 350 degrees

2. Add flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper to one dish. Mix together and set aside
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

3. Beat 2 eggs with a splash of water, set aside

4. Add panko bread crumbs, grated coconut and enough olive oil to “wet” the entire mixture. Mix together and set aside. Adding the olive oil will help the bread crumbs brown.
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

5. Lightly dredge fish pieces in flour mixture, patting off excess. Dunk into egg mixture before finally coating with bread crumbs and coconut mixture. Set on sheet pans. Optionally you can drizzle a little more olive oil on top.
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

6. Bake for 12-15 mins depending on thickness of fish

7. Turn oven  High Broil, broil for 30 secs to 1 min until the tops just browns. Watch this step now, you don’t want to burn your crust or fish!
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

8. Enjoy with Spicy Mayo and Brussel Sprouts!
Baked Coconut Panko Fish Sticks w/ Spicy Mayo and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I went to search for more fish sticks later at night because I’m a horrible night-time snacker, there was none left, darn it!

WEEK 19 of 52…CHECK!

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