Fish Nuggets
Fish Nuggets
5 from 1 vote
Fish nuggets are a simple and quick afterschool snack for kids. Golden brown, crunchy, and tasty, these fried fish nuggets are perfect for lunchboxes. Serve with any dip of your choice and enjoy.
FIsh Nuggets

Fish nuggets are a delightful twist on the classic chicken nuggets, offering a tasty alternative for seafood lovers or anyone looking to switch up their usual appetizer or snack routine.

Originating from the concept of fish and chips, these crispy, bite-sized nuggets are perfect for sharing or enjoying as a satisfying meal on their own.

Despite their gourmet appeal, making fish nuggets at home is surprisingly simple, making them an ideal recipe for beginners eager to experiment in the kitchen.

While the origins of fish nuggets are not precisely documented, variations of battered and fried fish have been enjoyed for centuries in various cultures around the world.

From British fish and chips to Japanese tempura, the concept of coating fish in a crispy exterior has evolved into countless delicious renditions, including these flavorful fish nuggets.

With just a handful of basic ingredients and a straightforward cooking process, you can recreate this beloved snack right in your own kitchen.

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of frying—this recipe is beginner-friendly and allows for plenty of room to customize the seasoning to your taste preferences.

Whether you’re serving them up as an appetizer at a gathering or simply craving a satisfying snack, these homemade fish nuggets are sure to become a favorite in your repertoire.

Expert Tip: Ensure your oil is hot enough before frying the fish nuggets to achieve a crispy exterior.


Fish Cod: Cod is an excellent choice for fish nuggets due to its mild flavor and firm texture, which holds up well to frying. It provides a tender, flaky interior contrasted with the crispy exterior, creating a delightful texture combination.

Plain Flour: Coating the fish in flour seasoned with garlic powder, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper helps to create a flavorful base layer and promotes adhesion of the egg wash and breadcrumbs.

Garlic Powder, Paprika, Dried Thyme, Salt, Black Pepper: These seasonings add depth and complexity to the flour coating, infusing the fish nuggets with savory, aromatic flavors.

Eggs: Beaten eggs serve as the binding agent, helping the breadcrumb coating adhere to the fish and creating a crispy, golden crust during frying.

Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs provide the crispy, crunchy exterior that is characteristic of fish nuggets, adding texture and visual appeal to each bite.

Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is used for frying the fish nuggets, creating a golden brown crust while maintaining a moist and tender interior. Choose an oil with a high smoke point, such as canola or peanut oil, for best results.

Expert Tip: For an extra flavor boost, add grated Parmesan cheese or finely chopped herbs like parsley or dill to the breadcrumb coating.

Serving Suggestions

Pairing your freshly made fish nuggets with complementary sides and sauces can elevate the dining experience and add variety to your meal. Here are some serving suggestions to consider:

  • Tartar Sauce: Serve your fish nuggets with a classic tartar sauce for dipping. Tartar sauce, with its creamy texture and tangy flavor from ingredients like mayonnaise, pickles, and lemon juice, complements the crispy exterior of the nuggets perfectly.
  • Coleslaw: A side of coleslaw adds a refreshing contrast to the richness of the fried fish nuggets. The crisp, crunchy texture of shredded cabbage and carrots tossed in a creamy dressing provides a delightful balance to the meal.
  • French Fries: For a complete fish and chips experience, serve your fish nuggets alongside a generous portion of crispy French fries. Whether homemade or store-bought, the savory, salty flavor of fries pairs beautifully with the tender fish nuggets.
  • Lemon Wedges: Squeeze fresh lemon wedges over the fish nuggets just before serving to add a bright, citrusy zing. The acidity of the lemon enhances the flavors of the fish and cuts through the richness of the fried coating.
  • Mixed Greens Salad: Balance out the meal with a light and refreshing mixed greens salad. Tossed with your favorite vinaigrette or dressing, the salad provides a contrast in flavors and textures, making it a refreshing accompaniment to the hearty fish nuggets.

Feel free to mix and match these serving suggestions based on your preferences and the occasion. Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering with friends or enjoying a cozy dinner at home, these serving ideas will enhance the enjoyment of your homemade fish nuggets.

Expert Tip: To prevent the breadcrumb coating from becoming too thick, use one hand for coating the fish with flour and breadcrumbs and the other hand for dipping the fish in the egg wash.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of fish for this recipe?

Absolutely! While cod is commonly used for fish nuggets, you can experiment with other types of white fish such as haddock, pollock, or tilapia. Just ensure that the fish is firm enough to hold its shape during frying.

Can I bake the fish nuggets instead of frying them?

Yes, you can bake the fish nuggets for a healthier alternative. Simply preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C), place the breaded fish nuggets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through.

Can I freeze the fish nuggets for later?

Yes, you can freeze the uncooked breaded fish nuggets for future use. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to cook, fry the frozen fish nuggets directly from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

How do I know when the fish nuggets are done cooking?

The fish nuggets are done when they are golden brown and crispy on the outside and opaque and flaky on the inside. You can also use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C) for safe consumption.

Can I make the breadcrumbs from scratch?

Yes, you can make breadcrumbs from scratch by processing stale bread in a food processor until finely ground. You can also add herbs, spices, or Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs for extra flavor.

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FIsh Nuggets

Fish Nuggets

by Nabeela Kauser
Fish nuggets are a simple and quick afterschool snack for kids. Golden brown, crunchy, and tasty, these fried fish nuggets are perfect for lunchboxes. Serve with any dip of your choice and enjoy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine British, Western
Servings 4
Calories 400 kcal


  • 500 g Fish Cod, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 large Eggs Beaten
  • 150 g Breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable Oil For fying


  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Beat eggs in a separate bowl.
  • Put breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
  • Coat each piece of fish with the flour mixture, then dip in beaten eggs, and coat with breadcrumbs, pressing lightly to help the coating adhere.
  • Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and add enough oil to cover the base.
  • Once the oil is hot, fry the fish nuggets in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked fish nuggets to a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Serve hot with tartar sauce or your preferred dipping sauce.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 36gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 958mgPotassium: 533mgFibre: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 186IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 4µgCalcium: 107mgIron: 5mg
Keyword After School Snacks, Finger Food, Fish, Food, Kids Snacks, Party Food, Recipe, Snack
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