Cheap Recipe: Oven-Baked Cod with Potato Chip Batter

13 Nov

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These homemade fish nuggets pack lots of flavor into small bites!

I caught a great sale on boneless cod this week at the store, so I decided to try my hand at homemade battered fish. Rather than deal with the mess of frying them, I decided to bake the nuggets instead. They came out crispy and wonderful!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a pan with aluminum foil and place a raised wire rack on the pan; set aside.


Try to chop fish as consistently as possible to ensure even baking.

Cut 3/4 lb. cod or haddock (thawed) into small nuggets. In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine 2 tbs. melted butter/margarine with 1 teaspoon lemon juice or malt


Two heaping handfuls of potato chips makes plenty of breading.


In a mixing bowl, crush about 2 handfuls potato chips, any variety, to make about 3/4 cup crumbs.

Add 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon dill weed and 1 teaspoon lemon pepper (optional). Mix all dry ingredients together.

Construct an “assembly line” by placing items in the following order from left to right: (1)


Liquid butter mixture.

raw fish chunks, (2) liquid butter mixture, (3) dry potato chip mixture, and (4) wire rack/baking sheet.


Cover buttered fish in crumb coating.

Begin dipping fish chunks first into butter mixture. Next, cover fish in dry batter coating and place in rows on the baking rack.

Continue battering with this method until all fish has been coated and prepared for oven. To avoid crumb coating becoming soggy in bowl, you can hold the fish over that bowl and sprinkle crumbs on


Place coated fish on wire rack for baking.

instead of rolling each piece in the batter.

Bake fish pieces for 15-20 minutes, or until coating begins to brown and the center of a sample fish nugget is flaky and opaque.


Finished nuggets will be flaky and well-browned.

Remove fish from oven and serve immediately with tartar sauce or ketchup.

Brown rice makes an excellent side dish, especially rice prepared with minced onion and soy sauce.


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