Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Dairy free & egg free hake Fish Fingers

I've got this far with the weaning process largely without resorting to convenience food. To be honest it's less of a choice and more of a case that most pre made food items seem to have a wealth of dairy in them. I thought I'd have a go at some home-made fish fingers - working on the basis that there's no need for the coating to have dairy in them and that there must be a way of finding a non egg based way of getting everything to stick together. I tell you, I may not be working at the moment, but my brain hasn't stopped!

 I've said to bone and skin the fish, but that makes you a bit nervous, you can always ask the person on the fish counter to do that for you.

Cornish hake fish fingers - dairy free, egg free

300g Cornish hake (Coley would work well too), skinned, boned and chopped into baby hand sized chunks
100ml of Oatly cream
50g polenta/ cornmeal
50g plain flour
Vegetable oil

Pour the Oatly cream into a dish
In another dish mix the polenta and flour
Cut your hake into chunks - and soak it briefly in the Oatly cream - we're talking a couple of minutes
then roll each chunk of fish in the polenta/ flour mix so that it's well coated
Heat up some vegetable oil in a frying pan and when it's hot, in small batches fry the fish until it's brown on both sides. I find it takes a two lots of a couple of minutes on both sides

As always you can freeze these - although I do find the coating goes less crispy when you reheat. You could fry them off, but I tend to ping them just for ease. I find that 2 is enough for Harry, and this made 14.

We served these as a nice light lunch - I had them with a spinach salad, Harry had them with some strips of pepper, cucumber sticks and chopped cherry tomatoes.

Photos are missing today because we ate them and I forgot! I'll add them when we have the portion I've frozen.


  1. OOh, lovely! My DD only gets to eat fish fingers when we're out as a special treat, as I think the packaged ones aren't the greatest, but these look fab! I used tons of Oatly when she was little, but fortunately she's grown out of her CMP allergy now :-D

  2. Hi Penelope, great to meet you :) I'm dairy free and have to say I LOVE oatly cream. In fact the peeps around me seem to polish if off when given half a chance too :)
    Great recipe, and if you could nudge me when you've added pics I'd love to add it to my DF pinterest board.
    Janie x

  3. I love the idea of making my own fish fingers as my youngest loves them - so will bookmark this recipe for that.

  4. I love the idea of making my own fish fingers as my youngest loves them - so will bookmark this recipe for that.

  5. Oh I do love homemade fish fingers :D what a great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Ooh Helen, that's good news about her CMPA - I don't mind the packaged ones myself (fish finger sarnies were quite a staple when pregnant and tired) but having read the ingredients since having Harry am not at all keen to give them to him! These were so quick and easy. Thanks for commenting :-)

    Thanks Jane, will nudge once we eat the next portion! Oatly cream is awesome - I've been adding it to everything lately! Thanks for commenting :-)

    Thanks Bintu I hope your youngest enjoys them. Thanks for commenting :-)

    You're welcome Emmy - thanks for commenting :-)