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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fish Nuggets

I am a big believer in using leftovers. I also believe in making a new meal out of an old meal if I can. It makes it feel like it's not just "eating leftovers" ... Again. I saw this recipe in a Quick Cooking cookbook by Taste of Home years ago. After the first time I made this, it immediately went into my "Keeper" binder. You can vary the kinds of fish and seasonings to suit your family's tastes. Use salmon or tuna with Asian inspired seasonings and Asian-flavored dipping sauce .... Tilapia with Mediterranean seasonings and a Mediterranean-flavored dipping sauce .... Catfish with Creole seasoning and a spicy Cajun-flavored dipping sauce .... LOTS of possibilities with this one! This recipe is a great way to extend that little bit of leftover fish into enough to feed a family!

Fish Nuggets
Slightly adapted from Taste of Home
Yield: 2½ dozen

2 eggs, beaten
½ cup dry bread crumbs
½ cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp. dried parsley
½ tsp. lemon pepper
1½ cups flaked, cooked fish
Oil for frying
Tartar sauce, optional

Heat about ½-1-in. of oil in a large, deep skillet to 375° F. In a bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients; mix well. Stir in the fish. Roll into 1-in. balls. Carefully place balls in hot oil - make sure you don't overcrowd the pan - fry in batches if necessary. Fry until golden brown, turning as necessary to evenly fry the fish balls. Drain on paper towels. Serve with tartar sauce if desired.

I hope you enjoy!

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  1. This recipe reminded me of conch fritters. Yum. Those are so good. I bet these are good as well. What a great way to use up leftovers!

  2. What a nice recipe, Jamie. Your nuggets look and sound delicious. I always enjoy my visits here and never seem to leave empty handed. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. These look good. Kind of like a cross between hush puppies and fish filets. Yummmm!

  4. Those look so yummy! Did you change your layout, or am I just getting mixed up? Looks great either way!

  5. This would be great fro New Year's parties... can you you ANY fish? And/or canned fish?

    1. I'm guessing any pre-cooked fish would be fine. I've used fresh fish that has been cooked and canned tuna! Make sure it's thoroughly drained if you use canned. You may need to add more or less bread crumbs to get it to hold together. You can mix up the seasonings too! Hope that helps.

  6. I'm not a fish eater but these do look yummy :) Thanks for sharing.

  7. YOu got me on this one, never would have thought of making fish nuggets. The kids will love them and great use of leftover fish.

  8. Thanks for the great recipe, and thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! Enjoy your weekend.

  9. Great use of leftovers! I have some leftover tuna I need to use, and this looks perfect. Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!

  10. Great recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  11. This looks like a really yummy recipe and so creative! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  12. Oooh these look so good! I'm going to have to pin these so I can try them out later. YUM! Thanks so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party! I appreciate you joining me and can't wait to see what you share next :)

  13. Good morning, I featured this recipe on my blog today for my weekly seafood round-up. The photographs are stunning, thank you for allowing me to share! Here is the link:


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