Homemade Air Fryer Fish Sticks


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!

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