Homemade Air Fryer Fish Sticks

Posted on November 2, 2017 in Recipes

Sometimes there are days that call for some comfort food. Somedays I want mac and cheese, or homemade soup but other days something we haven’t had in a long time is needed!

I asked my husband last week to make fish sticks to share with you all because he is super talented in the kitchen and can make just about anything so I knew he would nail this recipe! And of course, he did!

These delicious fish sticks are full of flavour, and even the kids loved them, which says a lot as they aren’t big into fish!

I have really been trying to cut back on frying food, and things like fish sticks don’t tend to get as crispy in the oven as they do being fried so I was thrilled when Breville sent us the Smart Oven Air (separate review to come) because not only does it use less energy than a regular oven, have an air fry setting (among many) it’s also smaller taking up less room and works like a charm. Nuggets get tender on the inside and crispy on the outside; fries get that delicious crunch we all look for and these fish sticks? PERFECTION. Of course, if you don’t have the Smart Oven Air that’s ok you can use a regular air fryer.


  • Fresh or frozen small cod fillets halved by length
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • Finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Preheat air dryer to 390.
  2. Wash and paper towel dry your fillet before halving
  3.  In small flat bowl scramble egg
  4. In another small bowl, add panko
  5.  Juice your two lemons in a separate vessel and add finely chopped dill
  6. Halve your cod filets and add to lemon and dill.
  7. Salt and pepper. About a teaspoon each
  8. Shake off excess juice from stick and coat evenly in egg
  9. Drop stick into panko and press firmly for all sides to ensure an even coat.
  10. Place on a plate on side til all sticks coated
  11. Gently place sticks in fryer basket and cook for 15 – 18 mins flipping after 11 mins.

They are delicious dipped in homemade tartar sauce, or like my kids; dipped in ketchup! They are crispy and so full of flavour!

Have you ever made your own homemade Fish Sticks before? Would you give it a try? It’s so simple!


  • Reply Kansas Bonanno November 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    These look super tasty, I’m always looking for things I think my kiddos would love. This is a great option, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Kristina November 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    These look good and healthy! We love fish sticks here and I’d love to make these in an air fryer too!

  • Reply Lori Geurin November 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve never made homemade fish sticks before, but these look delicious! And they definitely sound like the perfect comfort food. I’m loving the addition of the panko crumbs.

  • Reply Arlene Salcedo November 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I have been dying for a air fryer. I see them all over the place now and I like that you can use oil and make everything crispy!

  • Reply Cassie November 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    These look like a much better alternative than the frozen freezer fish sticks!! I’ve always wanted an air fryer – I think it’s time I finally got one

  • Reply wendy hutton November 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    going to have to try these, I love my air fryer

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls November 3, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I’ve made homemade fish tacos that sort of used the same principle as the fish stick recipe. But I’m so curious to give this a try. I love using panko breadcrumbs instead of flour because they provide a much better crunch.

  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea November 3, 2017 at 6:26 am

    That fish sticks look delish, I’d love to try making this with your recipe someday. This would be a great comfort food or snack.

  • Reply Terri Steffes November 3, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Those look amazing! I have wanted to try food made in the air fryer. I hear that it uses a tiny bit of oil, which is fine by me.

  • Reply Erica November 3, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Believe it or not, I’ve never had a fish stick in my life…ever! But these look really nice. I love that you make them in the air dryer. Sounds like they will be much healthier.

  • Reply Rachel November 3, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    These look really good. I have yet to really try making fish at home but I think I am going to have to sooner or later.

  • Reply Kelly Hutchinson November 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I spend so much money on store bought fish sticks. These look like such a better option for my kids.

  • Reply Carolyn November 3, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I don’t like store premade fish sticks anymore but I do love fish. These would be a great thing for me to try. I love the idea of air frying.

  • Reply Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman November 4, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    We love fish sticks but I’ve never made them at home. This would be great for fish tacos.

  • Reply Yasmin Ali November 4, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    This actually looks so good, mostly by the breadcrumbs! I assume these are healthier too!

  • Reply Amber Nelson November 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    THose look pretty good! I have heard so many great things about the air fryer.

  • Reply Ayana Pitterson November 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, now that is what fish sticks should look like. I don’t own an air fryer so I literally don’t fry anything. But, this might be my answer to still getting in my fried food fix without feeling guilty.

    Thrifting Diva

  • Reply Journa Ramirez November 5, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I always love air fried products – better results and better taste! I’ll cook some for our whole family!

  • Reply Kaity | With Kids and Coffee November 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    These look so good! I love that there are only a few ingredients and that they are not overly complicated to make.

  • Reply Nora May 28, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Mmm, Jeanine, it looks so delicious and I don`t hesitate they are healthy for the little ones! I must try your recipe with my air fryer!

  • Reply Beverly June 30, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I am loving the B and D Air fryer. I was skeptical at first but it is great. I am really enjoying trying new recipes. Lots online. So far so GREAT ! Cooked a 3lb. whole chicken in 45 minutes and it was brown on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Another plus, not having to turn on the oven and heating up the kitchen. And, no greasy mess on the stove or countertop. Clean up is a breeze. One thing I wish it had a rack instead of the separator.
    Appreciate it!

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