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Rosemary and Garlic Tilapia Fish Fingers

“Nibakishie kitu tamu!” (Save me something tasty) My eldest sister Cheredi exclaimed as she spotted me in the kitchen cooking as she was on her way out to do her errands. You see, whenever I am developing new recipes for you guys, my sisters anticipate a feast. For me, that is a good and a bad thing. A good thing since I can make them happy through the great food that comes from the kitchen, and a bad thing since recipe development is usually so susceptible to serious failure! I hoped that this recipe would turn out great so that my sissy would come home to delicious food; to ‘kitu tamu’ as we always say. Lucky for me, this was a good recipe development day since these tilapia fish fingers were a 10/10.

I will show you how to make them, infuse flavor and incorporate spices to give you the best fish fingers you will ever make, with the littlest effort ever!

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PREP TIME: 15 MIN               COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES


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200 g of Tilapia fish fillet

1 egg

1 sprig of rosemary

5 cloves of garlic

1 cup of bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of ground coriander

Salt to taste

Vegetable oil for frying



Slice your fish fillet into strips with a width of about 1/2 an inch thick. Sprinkle some salt on them then set them aside. If you do not have tilapia, you can use any other kind of fish you personally fancy to make fish fingers with this recipe.

fish fingers made form tilapia which is a common fish through out east

Place your breadcrumbs on a plate, add your turmeric, coriander spice and black pepper and mix all these until evenly distributed. This ensures your coating has flavor as opposed to having just breadcrumbs. I chose those three spices on a whim and also coz I know without doubt they work together. But you can add others that you like and play around with different combinations until you land on that which you really dig.

In a separate bowl, crack your egg and add add your finely chopped rosemary, about 1/2 a teaspoon, and your minced garlic. Whisk this until evenly mixed out. Like the bread crumbs, I did not use the egg on its own but had to add more flavor: Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon zest which brought out the flavor of the fish so so well!

whisk your eggs with minced garlic, finely chipped rosemary and some salt. THis makes them to be seasomed before making the fish

Ensure your garlic is totally minced and not cut into pieces since pieces wont mix with the egg. You rosemary has to be very finely chopped too for it to mix out well.

Dip your fish strips in the egg mixture, then roll them in your seasoned breadcrumbs then set aside. The egg acts as ‘glue’ allowing the breadcrumbs to stick to it. And it has rosemary and garlic so that is a huge plus!

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Heat some vegetable oil and fry them about 2 minutes each side then remove form heat. The frying time will vary according to the thickness of your fish fingers, but generally, fish cooks really fast. Once done, drain excess oil then proceed to plate.

garlic and rosemary fish fingers_fry them for about 4 minutes and they should be cooked

Serve with tartar sauce. Fish and tartar sauce is always a match made in heaven. I made mine with the ingredients below: Mayo, Fresh lemon juice, a dash of black pepper, one minced clove of garlic and some chili paste by Kez Organics for some mild heat.

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I thoroughly enjoyed eating these garlic and rosemary tilapia fish fingers as much as I did making them. They were so tender and so full of flavor. Check out my other fish finger recipe HERE and try it out too. You’ll enjoy both :))

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This was an easy recipe, don’t you agree? You can easily make this at home without having to struggle to source for ingredients. I encourage you to play around with different spice combinations for your tilapia fish finger crust. The possibilities are endless!!

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Happy Friday!


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  1. Femme Moran

    Nice recipe. I am not a fan of eggs…what else can be used as ‘glue’? If eggs are the only choice, methinks that the mixture of spices (ground garlic and in that case ground rosemary) will mask the eggy taste….

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You will not taste the eggs, I can bet my very life on that. The eggs are used as glue, they do not contribute anything more. Their taste and smell is completely not in the outcome of the fish fingers. Might I ask, are you not choosing to use the eggs since you feel you will taste them?

      • Femme Moran

        Yes….cannot stand the taste but if I will go with your word 🙂

        • kaluhiskitchen

          can’t stand the taste of what?

  2. Maureen

    Everytime I make fish fingers they stick to the pan how do I avoid that?

  3. Kemi

    Hey Kaluhi l definitely love your recipes!!!!

    Yeah how do you avoid the fish fingers from sticking on the pan?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      If you deep fry there is no possible way they will stick to the pan. Also, if they have a coating, they will not stick to the pan. At all. May I ask, do you shallow fry yours and do you use a coating?

      • Megan

        Thank you for your recipes, just realized i can download them also.

        • kaluhiskitchen

          Yes you can!!! It makes everything alot easier for you guys :))

  4. Merci

    Hey Kaluhi, what bread crumbs brand do you use ama ni home-made 😉?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I cannot remember the brand. But you can never miss breadcrumbs in any supermarket. If you want to use homemade ones, it is also totally ok :))

  5. Eunice

    Hello at what point do you add salt, you did not mention that

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You can add salt at any point: on the fish before coating, in the coating itself or after they are done. For some people, they may not add salt at all. Remember when cooking, the point at which you add salt WILL NOT affect the outcome. Bora chumvi iko!

  6. Lucy Ndushi Kimeu

    Hi how about the tar tar sauce recipe

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It is very very very verrrrrrrrrry clearly detailed on the post. Have you read this blog post??

  7. Sylvia Makene

    This I must try……
    When will you do a spinach dish, aki I need to know how to cook spinach

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Already on the blog. Use the search tab to get it

  8. Maina Gakere

    I might try this recipe in the future when i move out:)) Thanks for sharing

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

  9. Kim

    What fish other than tilapia can be used?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Snapper, Trout, Tuna etc

  10. zal

    How do I download a recipe?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Download button is right there

  11. Tanya

    Tried this recipe and it was just the highlight of my quarantine ✨
    Very tasty 😋

    • kaluhiskitchen

      So beautiful to know you loved this!! To many more!

  12. Edith Kalela

    Amazing recipe! I loved the outcome. It’s now my to go recipe

    • Kaluhi


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