Homemade Fish-Risotto Sticks à la Adam

It was again my boyfriend Adam's turn to cook. While he really craved homemade fish sticks, I craved risotto cakes that we ate a couple of nights before. As a compromise, Adam made up this delicious recipe for crispy homemade "Fish-Risotto Sticks" :)


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 0.4 lb white fish (halibut or cod)
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon Knorr chicken bouillon)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 45g (1.5 oz) rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoon grated parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oil for frying


Fish-Risotto Filling
For the filling, first prepare the risotto. In a pot, bring the chicken stock and butter to a boil, add the rice. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a frying pan and slightly cook the fish for a few minutes, only so that the fish turns white and flaky. If it is not cooked fully, don't worry, it will still be fried.

When the risotto is cooked, fluff it up with a fork. Now, add the fish by crumbling it apart. In order to be able to do that, we cooked it before so that it is flaky. Add the corn and cream cheese. The cream cheese will work as a binder, so that you can form the fish-risotto sticks. Mix good and taste it. Add salt if needed.

Breading and Frying
Now, prepare the breading. Therefor, add the rice cereal, parmesan and paprika into a blender and blend till it is smooth. Form little fish-risotto balls (easier to bread than stick forms). Prepare a 3-station breading: 1 bowl with flour, 1 bowl with eggs (beat the eggs and add salt and pepper), 1 bowl with the breading. First, roll the fish-risotto balls in the flour, then roll them in the egg mix. Last, roll them in the breading and reform to fish-risotto sticks. Now you are ready to fry them. Heat up the oil, add the fish-risotto sticks, fry for a couple of minutes till they turn golden-brown and then turn around.

Serve with a side of vegetables, salad or (on my boyfriend's wish) mashed potatoes.

(1) Flour                                  (2)  Egg                                   (3) Breadcrumps

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