Sesame-crunch fish fingers with broad bean yoghurt sauce

Sesame-crunch fish fingers with broad bean yoghurt sauce

Something for Everyone
Ben Dearnley

Step away from those frozen supermarket fish fingers! Help your child develop a liking for this nutritious, crunchy homemade version. The moreish broad bean yoghurt sauce is also a great way of adding a serve of green vegetables to your meal.


Quantity Ingredient
100g day-old wholemeal bread, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest, finely grated
50g wholemeal plain flour
2 eggs, lightly whisked
300g flathead, cut into 8 cm strips
or 300g other firm white fish fillets, cut into 8 cm strips
60ml light olive oil
or 60ml rice bran oil

Broad bean yoghurt sauce

Quantity Ingredient
200g fresh or frozen broad beans
200g plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 garlic clove, peeled


  1. To make the broad bean yoghurt sauce, steam or microwave the broad beans until just tender. Refresh under cold running water. Peel and discard the skins, then place the beans in a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and process until well combined.
  2. To make the fish fingers, place the bread into a food processor and process until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the sesame seeds, parsley and lemon zest.
  3. Place the flour, egg and breadcrumbs in three separate shallow bowls. Dust the fish strips first with flour, then dip into the egg, then roll to coat each with the crumbs.
  4. Heat half of the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook half of the fish strips for 2–3 minutes, turning until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Repeat with the remaining oil and fish until they’re all cooked.
  5. Serve the hot fish fingers with the broad bean yoghurt sauce on the side for dipping.

Baby’s serve

  • For a younger baby, wait until your baby is confidently managing some finger foods (which may not happen until 8–9 months or older) before offering her these fish fingers. For an older baby, serve as is.

Toddler’s serve

  • Serve as is.
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