Fish dogs with lemony fennel slaw

The humble fish finger sandwich gets a facelift – serve in hot dog buns with a fresh and crunchy coleslaw

  • Prep:25 mins
    Cook:15 mins
    Plus marinating
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 388
  • fat 7g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 43g
  • sugars 6g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 37g
  • salt 1.4g


  • 6 soft, floury subs or hot dog rolls
  • 800g-900g skinless firm white fish fillets (halibut, gurnard, bream or MSC-approved cod are all good), cut into long thin fillets
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • a little vegetable oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp light salad cream
  • 100g natural yogurt
  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks or very coarsely grated
  • handful flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 preserved lemon (find them in jars with the Moroccan ingredients), halved, seeds from the middle scooped out and discarded, and rind finely chopped


  1. For the slaw, pick the leafy fronds from the fennel and set aside. Discard any grubby outer layers, quarter the bulb and then slice as finely as you can. Mix with the lemon juice and leave to marinate for 1 hr, stirring every now and then.

  2. Drain the fennel. Mix the salad cream and yogurt in a big bowl, then add the fennel, remaining slaw ingredients, the fennel fronds (chopped) and some pepper, then mix well.

  3. When ready to serve, split the rolls and warm in a low oven. For the fish, mix the flour with the paprika and some salt on a plate. Dip in the fish fillets and coat well. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan (non-stick if you have), and fry the fish for a couple of mins on each side until cooked through and it flakes. Divide the fish between the rolls with the slaw and eat straight away. Any leftover slaw will be good for 2-3 days in the fridge.

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