Pan Fried Sturgeon Sticks
1 lb Sturgeon – sliced in 1/2” strips
2 cups milk
1/4 tsp onion powder (optional)
1/3 – 1/2 cup Pride of the West
1/2 – 1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 eggs – beaten
Place sturgeon slices in a container, or plastic zip loc bag. Pour just enough milk (any fat content) over the fish to cover. Add onion powder (if using). Put in the refrigerator to soak for 2 to 4 hours. Note: The original recipe, which I modified, says to soak for 24 hours or overnight. Set up a dish for each; dry Pride of the West mix, beaten egg and panko bread crumbs. Remove the fish from the milk, but don’t rinse. Roll each piece in the Pride, then in the egg and finally in the panko crumbs, coating well. Place on a plate and let sit for 30 minutes to let the egg/flour/panko set up.
Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan, or electric skillet (my preference) until very hot (425 degress in electric skillet). When the oil is ready, place all the coated fish in the pan. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes until brown. Flip over and fry for another 2 to 3 minutes until nicely brown. Do not over-cook. Remove from pan and put on paper towels to drain. Cook a second batch if necessary. Let sit for 5 minutes, then eat ‘em up!
Serve with ketchup, mayonnaise, or my favorite, cold spicy applesauce. The fish sticks will be nice and crunchy, especially if you used the panko. You probably could use regular dry bread crumbs, but they probably won’t be quite as crispy.
I got the idea for this recipe from www.ifish.net. They have a number of recipes for sturgeon you may want to try.