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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

Serve the Fish with These Condiments

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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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Amanda

Monday 26th of April 2021

Has anyone made and frozen them? I saw on another site they did that. I was gifted a bunch of cod, made this (gluten free) it was great, was thinking about using the rest for quick meals in the future.

staysnatched

Thursday 29th of April 2021

Yes, there are tips in the post for how to freeze them.

Tanya

Thursday 8th of April 2021

A neighbor cave me some cod he got in Alaska and I used the recipe to cook it up. It was a hit with the whole family!

staysnatched

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it.

Diana

Saturday 20th of March 2021

This was hands down one of the best things we’ve had in a while!! My husband said it was a 10/10 and to add it to the rotation. Another home run!

staysnatched

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Yay! So glad to hear it.

Khalida Fazli

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Made this twice now with cod and it's so delicious. My husband agrees. Love this recipe so much and the fact that it's healthier feels so good. :)

staysnatched

Friday 19th of March 2021

So much healthier. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jacqueline

Monday 8th of March 2021

so so so easy. 10/10. I loved these so much I make extra and freeze them, that way they are an even quicker snack, lunch or dinner to go.

staysnatched

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.