Homemade Baked or Air Fryer Fish Sticks Recipe

Make delicious and simple homemade oven baked or air fryer cod fish sticks! Only 6 ingredients! Great for an easy and affordable lunch or dinner.


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After giving these simple fish sticks a try, you'll never want to make store bought again! They are way more budget friendly, made with only 6 ingredients and kids absolutely love them!

We've made these both in the oven and air fryer, and they turn out great either way. We tend to use the air fryer more often these days since it's easier than the oven for us.

The coating is flavorful using the seasoned bread crumbs, salt and paprika and it has a nice, crunchy texture. We love using cod for this recipe, but you could use any white fish you prefer.

This recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights or a weekend lunch. We serve it with our favorite veggie, mac and cheese or a salad. These are also great served as a sandwich with some tartar sauce for all you sandwich lovers.


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Recipe tips:


  • Fresh or frozen cod can be used. Make sure to completely thaw frozen fish before using.


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Yield 3 servings
Author Sweet Hazel Honey
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
20 Min
Total time
30 Min

Homemade Crispy Baked or Air Fryer Fish Sticks

Ingredients

  • 3 cod fillets (about 1 pound)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a wire rack with nonstick spray and place over a baking sheet.
  2. Slice the cod fillets into long strips and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Whisk eggs and pour onto a plate or shallow bowl. Place flour and breadcrumbs on their own plates, as well.
  4. Dip fish into flour, shake off any excess, eggs, then breadcrumbs. Set on the prepared wire rack. Top with a dash of salt & a sprinkle of paprika.
  5. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.
  6. Air Fryer:
  7. Line air fryer basket with parchment paper or brush on a small amount of cooking oil. Place fish sticks in basket, then cook at 400 degrees for 6 minutes. Flip, then cook for another 5-6 minutes or until fish is crispy and reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Cook in batches if necessary.

Notes

Fresh or frozen cod can be used. Make sure to completely thaw frozen fish before using.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

455.52

Fat

6.45

Sat. Fat

1.75

Carbs

52.95

Fiber

2.83

Net carbs

50.12

Sugar

2.02

Protein

43.11

Sodium

928.79

Cholesterol

197.4

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