Sunday, July 4, 2010

Pink Fish Sticks, Again

Pink fish sticks for dinner, June 18, 2010.
A few weeks ago, I ruined an "easy dinner" for Friday evening by leaving a roasted chicken in the car overnight.  So I had to resort to Plan B.  Unfortunately, there was no Plan B.   I didn't want to go to the store, so I dug into the depths of the refrigerator and came up with some leftover boiled potatoes, a few roasted tomatoes, and fresh green beans.  A search of the freezer revealed a vacuum-packed bag of salmon, so I figured it was time to try another version of "Pink Fish Sticks".

The first time I made Pink Fish Sticks, my girls liked them, but I wasn't crazy about them.  My mistake had been to try to make them look like traditional fish sticks.  I'd cut the salmon into strips and dipped them in an egg wash.  Next I coated them in sesame seeds and panko bread crumbs before pan-frying them.  My hard work was unrewarded.  My oldest daughter had complained that they weren't "pink enough", so this time I decided to forgo the breadcrumbs and just give them a straight pan-fry in canola oil with a little salt and pepper.  They were much better.

I also made a dipping sauce from soy sauce, honey, garlic, and rice wine vinegar.  Sadly, I was so frenzied about getting dinner finished in time that I didn't write down the amounts of the ingredients I used.  I guess I'll have to try again and report back.  But I can say, my husband loved it and repeatedly said, "What's in this sauce?" and "You made this?", so I figured it would be worth trying to recreate it sometime.