Friday, February 7, 2014

The Best Ever Fish Sticks (Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Nut Free)

We made the best fish sticks tonight. They were beautiful and so delicious. I wasn't thinking about blogging about them as I just tried to make quickly something yummy for sick children (I designed the recipe in my head holding a napping feverish two year old) so I didn't measure of course so these amounts are very approximate but I'll give you good instructions! And I snapped a photo when I realized that these were going to turn out really good:

Our Favorite Paleo Fish Sticks

1 lb or so white fish filets like cod, frozen is fine (you can also use large uncooked peeled shrimp)
1/2 cup homemade coconut kefir 
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
3/4-1 cup shredded coconut
dried powdered ginger
garlic powder
1 tsp of maple sugar (optional)
1/4 cup coconut oil

1. Thaw the fish. Cut it in pieces.

2. Take two bowls. Put in one bowl the coconut kefir and about 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch of garlic powder and a pinch of ginger. Put some of the fish to soak in the bowl.

3. Take the other bowl and mix in it the starch, the coconut and again about 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch of garlic powder and ginger and maple sugar.

4. Heat a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil on medium heat in a skillet.

5. Toss fish pieces (and we did shrimp too!) first in coconut kefir, then lightly in the flour mixture and fry on both sides until flaky (only a few minutes). You might have to add more coconut oil in between and even clean the pan.

6. Serve immediately with salad or sauteed greens (we sauteed chard and kale in coconut oil and home made chicken broth) or steamed vegetables.

I use this coconut oil. I order it often in gallon buckets like this because it lasts for a long time (a couple of years I believe, except not for that long in my household as some of us eat it with a spoon...) and it is cheaper that way. If you order by clicking on my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Thanks for your support!


  1. Hi I would like to know why u buy in such big container? Won't it get rancid? It is said to consume cooking oils within a month.. I would like to know does coconut have such a long shelf life? Thanks...

    1. Hi Sandhya! That is a good question! The oil lasts for even a couple of years as it is unrefined and mostly saturated fat. Here you can read more about it: (I have never had the coconut oil go bad even if I have bought gallon containers, but we use it way faster than two years, maybe in a few months). Hope this answers your question!

  2. Here is also more info about how the coconut oil I buy is made, how it is not refined etc. (affiliate link)