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Easy Air Fryer Fish Sticks

Easy Air Fryer Fish Sticks is a quick homemade recipe using cod fillets and breadcrumbs. These healthy nuggets can be made using fresh or frozen fish. This is a seafood dish the whole family will love!

air fryer fish sticks on a white plate with tarter sauce and lemons

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Can you cook fish in an air fryer? The air fryer can literally do it all, including making some of the best crispy fried fish. How to cook raw fish, is actually pretty easy and you only need a handful of ingredients.

I cringe when I think about the boxed fish sticks we ate growing up. They are the epitome of convenience food and something my mom could serve to us kids with minimal effort. Luckily, I find making homemade recipes with the air fryer pretty quick and easy.

Are Fish Sticks Bad For You?

Frozen fish sticks in the grocery store are processed and deep-fried in vegetable oil. They also contain ingredients like maltodextrin and modified food starch. Maltodextrin is highly processed from potatoes and corn. It is closely related to corn syrup solids, which is basically sugar.

Processed food is not usually healthy. Homemade fish sticks are another story. You have direct control of the ingredients you add.

flour, breadcrumbs, an egg, and seasoning in separate bowls

What Kind of Fish to Use

Cod or any white fish will work great for this recipe. You can also use tilapia or pollock if you wish.

Tilapia is farm-raised fish and isn’t available in the wild. Some tilapia is genetically modified, I typically don’t eat tilapia and prefer wild-caught cod.

fresh cod fillets on a cutting board

Can You Use Frozen Fish?

You can use previously frozen fish, but defrost it prior to air frying.

fresh cod fillets on a cutting board

How to Make Air Fryer Fish Sticks

  1. Slice the cod into sticks or smaller portions about an inch wide.
  2. Season panko breadcrumbs with paprika, lemon pepper seasoning, and salt.
  3. Dip the cod in all-purpose flour, then egg, and then breadcrumbs.
  4. Place the fish sticks in the air fryer basket. Spray with olive oil.
  5. Air fry.
breaded fish sticks in air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

I recommend 400 degrees.

cooked breaded fish sticks in air fryer

How Long to Cook and Cook Time

Cook the fish for 10-12 minutes total, or until the fish has reached your desired level of crisp. Flip the fish halfway through. Crispy fish will need a longer cook time. Monitor the fish, every air fryer brand will cook at varying speeds.

air fryer fish sticks on a white plate with tarter sauce and lemons

How Long to Cook Frozen Fish Sticks

Frozen processed fish sticks will need 10-15 minutes of cook time on 400 degrees.

air fryer fish sticks on a white plate

How to Reheat Homemade Fish From Frozen

I like to make batches of these and freeze them to have on hand for later. I find the fish only needs 3-4 minutes in the air fryer on 350 degrees to reheat.

air fryer fish sticks on a plate with one fish stick half eaten

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person holding half eaten air fryer fish stick

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air fryer fish sticks on a white plate with tarter sauce and lemons
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Easy Air Fryer Fish Sticks

Easy Air Fryer Fish Sticks is a quick homemade recipe using cod fillets and breadcrumbs. These healthy nuggets can be made using fresh or frozen fish. This is a seafood dish the whole family will love!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer cod, air fryer fish, air fryer fish sticks, air fryer frozen fish sticks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 200kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice the cod into 1-inch strips or whatever size you wish. Pat dry.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil. I use this oil spray bottle.
  • Add the breadcrumbs to a bowl large enough to dredge the fish sticks along with the seasonings.
  • Set up a cooking station with the beaten egg, flour, and seasoned breadcrumbs in 3 separate bowls large enough to dip the fish sticks.
  • Dip the fish in the flour, then egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Keep a moist towel nearby. Breading can get really messy.
  • Place the fish sticks in the air fryer basket. Spray with cooking oil. Do not stack the fish. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Cook for 5 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the basket and flip the fish. Spray with cooking oil. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes or until crisp.

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Notes

  • Your serving size may vary based on how you slice the fish sticks.
  • The amount of flour and breadcrumbs you will need may vary based on the width and height of the fish you use. You may need a little or more or less than what I use in the recipe.
  • Spray the fish sticks with oil at a distance to prevent lost breading.
  • You can season this fish in a variety of ways. You can also use a half teaspoon of  Old Bay Seasoning or Creole Seasoning.
  • Crispy fish will need a longer cook time. Monitor the fish, every air fryer brand will cook at varying speeds.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 3g
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Recipe Rating




Marisol McNash

Saturday 6th of February 2021

I actually forgot to spray the my cod with olive oil and it STILL came out really nice. I didn't have any of the breading fall off.

The next day I drizzled some baja sauce over them and reheated for fish tacos. SO GOOD!!!!!

Next time I'll make a little extra so I can freeze them like you mentioned in your reheat instructions.

staysnatched

Monday 8th of February 2021

Yes! This is great to have on hand!

cac

Friday 29th of January 2021

I agree that you should try to eat wild caught when possible.

staysnatched

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

I'm glad you agree!

Nicki

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

This is my 3rd Stay Snatched recipe this week - so good and super easy! Took me less than 20 minutes. Another highly recommended recipe.

staysnatched

Monday 25th of January 2021

Awesome! You are killing it.

Qubilah

Monday 11th of January 2021

I just whipped these up! They’re crunchy and don’t feel as heavy as the ones you buy in the frozen section! I was craving fish sticks, so I’m glad I found this recipe to help me get my fix.

staysnatched

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

I'm glad you were able to get your fix!

Jill

Friday 1st of January 2021

These turned out amazing. I have a hard time getting recipes like this one get crispy. These cooked up perfectly. They tasted similarly to store bought but 100% better.

staysnatched

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.