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Jul 25, 2011 07:09 PM

Fish Sticks--yes, fish sticks!

I remember how good fish sticks were back when I was a kid. The best ones I have found today are Schwann's. Can anyone recommend and grocery store brands? No minced fish! I know some foodies are screaming at the screen right now. Sorry about that. BTW, we don't have Trader Joe's in Dallas yet. They are coming!

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Thanks, ipsedixit, for linking to the OP to just what he was asking for.

      There will be scoffers,
      but I bet they aren't parents
      who get the kids home after 7 pm soccer.

      High quality fish sticks
      with emphasis on pollock
      and not the breading
      are good.

      1. re: FoodFuser

        Scoffer and soccer--Ezra Pound is eating out his heart with green envy.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Costco also carries Trident brand salmon burgers, which we like very much. These are easy to do on a stovetop grill.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Interesting, and thank you.

            Like the OP, "fish sticks" WERE good - once.

            Have not tried Costco's, but will gladly admit that their Tempura Shrimp is at the top of our list for that dish.

            Will definitely give Trident a try.



            1. re: Bill Hunt

              I never figured you to be a "fish sticks" kind of gourmand, Bill.

              Next thing you'll be telling me you like corn dogs.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Once, fish sticks were edible, and actually enjoyable. For me, that period ceased, and, though I tried, was never the same again.

                Still, there WAS a time.

                Referenced to another CH thread on "Blizzard Food,", for one hurricane, hitting New Orleans, I cooked up about 6 dozen fish sticks, just to have some food available, since my wife was at her hospital, and not likely coming home for many days. They were so good, that as the evening progressed, and the storm began to hit us, I ate them all - over about 12 hours.

                That was then, and this is now.


          2. Anyone screaming about fish sticks, doesn't know good eating!

            Does Mrs. Pauls still make them (or anything for that matter)? I think Gorton's is still around.

            For my "fish stick" fix, I usually go to McDonalds for a fish sandwich (a very wide stick and of similar quality I think).

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            1. re: chocolatetartguy

              Am I nuts or remember correctly: didn't Mrs. Paul's come with a little frozen packet of relish that you mixed with mayo for tartar sauce? Grew up eating Mrs. Paul's, and I'll be danged if today the only way I can eat fish is some fish & chips concoction (and speaking of, Arthur Treacher's chain was high eatin' in my neighborhood!)

              1. re: pine time

                Not nuts. There was a little condiment sized packet with relish to make tartar sauce. As I recall it wasn't bad at the time.

              2. re: chocolatetartguy

                I loved Mrs Pauls clam strips, it was a must have in the late '70s. I don't know if they stil have them, but they are the best after-the-bar-drunk food ever.

                1. re: EWSflash

                  Back before I became a shellfishaphobe, I loved those too.

                  1. re: EWSflash

                    Yup - "Mrs. Paul's Fried Clams" are still around. In fact, one of my husband's favorite "comfort food" meals is either Mrs. Paul's or Gorton's fried clams piled on a toasted buttered roll with a bit of mayo & lettuce.

                2. Try fish sticks or any frozen fish pieces or filets or whatever with Trader Joe's Sweet Chili Sauce as a dip. In spite of the name, it's more like a clear Asian dip sauce than ketchupy American chili sauce. Makes everything taste as if you are in a Thai restaurant and really good with the fried-type fish.

                  1. Ahh fish fingers - well they are called that in the UK. Birdseye were the best but I don't think they taste like they used to either. In the UK they are flatter and more rectangular and even than American counterparts and somehow not as sweet as the ones I've tried this side of the pond.

                    1. Not a fish fan myself, but my husband swears by the ones from Aldi's (they only sell one brand), which are also about the cheapest ones out there. Whenever I go away for the weekend I buy him a box and he has himself a little fish stick and tater tot pigfest:)

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                      1. re: ansluasi

                        I got some of the Costco fish sticks. They are great. Reminds me of elementary school too many decades ago! Thanks! Now if I could find some good bottled tatrar sauce. I tried making several homeades and was not satisfied.

                        1. re: randyjl

                          Don't you need some tater tots to go with those fish sticks? :)

                          1. re: sedimental

                            Why do fish sticks get a bad rap? Done properly, they're what people refer to as "Fish" in that thing called "Fish N Chips".

                            And tater tots. Food of the gods when they want to be playful. Never snicker at tater tots.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Who is giving fish sticks or tater tots a bad rap?

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                The last guy who snickered at tater tots went home air freight. In little, tiny pieces.

                              2. re: sedimental

                                When I was a kid it was Van de Camp's fish sticks with ketchup to dip them in and blue box mac and cheese as a side dish. On those occasions I want to feel 6 years old again, that is my go to meal.

                              3. re: randyjl

                                Trident, distributed through Costco, makes a very efficient whole fillet product. And that's what we need.

                                There is no need to link them to Tater Tots. Unless you want to.

                                Good tartar sauce starts with good mayonnaise, and follows from dry ingredients of dried parsley, coarse ground celery seed and cumin, rehydrated with vinegar. Fresh: minced onions, parsley stems, green onion hollow stems, capers. Hint of fish sauce and lemon juice. If you're wanting more sour, add in some citrus salt.

                                1. re: randyjl

                                  Randyjl, this is super simple and delicious! Everything will probably be in your pantry to throw it together. I sub dill pickles or dill relish for the sweet, but that's just my taste preference.

                                  1. re: randyjl

                                    Try Marina's. It's just like the legendary Marie's that may have been pulled from the market. I grew up in Seattle and Marie's was a restaurant and her tartar sauce was a legend. Word is Marina was her sis, a grandson revived the recipe and sells it with the same packaging and font as in days of yore. No tartar sauce comes close. The fish simply becomes a vehicle for the this superb and piquant sauce.