Friday, 23 September 2011

Posh Fish Finger Sarnie

Recently I gave my children fish finger sandwiches for dinner and felt a slight tinge of guilt for not giving them something 'proper'.  The problem was, they were quite delicious and I found myself craving one for myself.  A definite guilty pleasure.

It got me to thinking though, perhaps I could compensate for my lapse as a good mother by creating the perfect fish finger sandwich from scratch rather than a frozen packet, I even made the tartar sauce and some accompanying mushy peas.  It worked and by golly it was heavenly, guilt gone and I am a good mother again.

I used cod to be in keeping with the traditional fish digit and to get that customary orange crumb I've dry fried some chorizo then whizzed it with the bread to make the bread crumbs.  There is enough oil in the chorizo to then just bake them in the oven - simples!

350g Cod Fillet
Flour for dusting
1 Egg Beaten
50g Chorizo
50g Bread for Crumbs

First make your bread crumbs.  Cut the chorizo into slices then each slice in half.  Dry fry them in a pan and allow to cool a little.  Put your bread in a processor along with the chorizo and whizz them into crumbs.  The chorizo will excrete a lovely orange tainted oil into the pan, stir the crumbs into this till combined.

Wash and pat dry the fish in some kitchen roll then cut them into fingers.  Dust each one in flour then dip in the egg.  Now coat the fish finger in the bread crumbs.

Place them on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes at 180c

Tartar Sauce                                                                                         
4 tbsp Mayonnaise                                                                    
1 tbsp Capers Chopped                                        
2 tbsp Tiny Gherkins Chopped                            
1 Shallot Chopped                                              
Lemon Juice to taste

Chop everything finely and mix it all together.  I have to admit that capers are on my very short list of foods I can't bring myself to eat so I didn't put them in and I could tell it wasn't quite right.  So if you don't have the same aversion, keep em in.              

Mushy Peas                                                           
250g Frozen Peas                                                  
1 tbsp Sour Cream                                                 
1 tsp Mint Sauce                                                   

Boil the peas in hot water, drain and whizz them in a processor with the remaining ingredients.  I didn't process them too much so there was some texture and not baby food


  1. Crikey that's a winner, one of my favourite sandwiches, thanks I will be making that pronto (but with ketchup)!

  2. Lovely. I must admit I love bought fish fingers in toast with tartare sauce. Your version would be delicious!

  3. Mmm, ketchup, or salad cream....oh dear now I want salad cream and chips too!

    Susan, give them a go and let me know what you think.

  4. What a flavourful and colourful way to mimic the annatto of commercial fish fingers. Brilliant idea that is transferrable to other recipes too. Thanks for this :D

  5. Beautiful photo, Yasmin - and a great recipe idea. Love your twist on breadcrumb coating and baked in the oven too! Brills! M-A x

  6. Oh wow. I could eat that right now..and it's only 6am! I love the addition of chorizo. I'll have to give this a try! p.s how do you get your pictures so stunning every time? :-)

  7. You have no idea how pleased I am that you all like my recipes - it really means a lot.

    I am very lucky to have a husband who loves phototgraphy. I set up the pictures and tell him what I want and he gets it every time.

  8. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.lovely.

  9. Fish is my favorite too...I'm using pita bread for this. Yum!Yum!

  10. Looks amazing. I just want to eat it now!

  11. I just wanted to update my comment to say that I made this last week, and we absolutely loved it. Will definitely be making it again with the spicest chorizo I can find. Your recipe has a very Spanish twist so I might go even further next time and serve with herby white bean mash instead of mushy peas.

  12. Ooh, I like that idea Kellie, might have to try that myself, thanks x

  13. I love fish finger sandwiches and the best fish fingers I have found are the Waitrose ones in crispy batter, but can't get them here in France. Your home made ones with chorizo in the bread crumb sound amazing and I will definitely give it a try! :D

  14. Good old Waitrose. When I lived in london it was a treat to shop there. I don't have one near me now unfortunatley

  15. Bravo to you Yasmin, putting together a fun family meal like fish finger sandwiches every once in a while is part of the fun of being a mom -- even when you're busy! It's good to have an eye toward healthy snacking for your kids even when you're pressed for time, making sure they get the proteins they need in every meal.