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Air Fryer Fish Sticks (frozen to crispy)

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From start to finish, these Air Fryer fish sticks cook in less than 10 minutes! No need for an oven with this recipe. Go from frozen to light and crisp in no time. The perfect quick dinner for busy weeknights.

crunchy fish stick broken in half next to a side of tartar sauce with lemon wedges

My air fryer is one of my favorite kitchen appliances, and I use it at least once a week, especially for crispy seafood.

If you’re looking for quick comfort food like Air Fryer Meatloaf, Air Fryer Burgers and wings, this is the small kitchen appliance for you!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

I absolutely love cooking fish in the Air Fryer because the taste is so much better, crispier, and super flaky.

As a bonus, the Air Fryer helps cut back on using so much oil and making the whole house smell like fish. This is why I use it for everything from salmon patties to crab cakes.

Fish sticks are one of those recipes you can whip up on busy weeknights. So simple to prepare! You can even throw in a few frozen shrimp or hush puppies and create an entire dinner with seafood.

crispy golden fish stick broken in half next to a side of tartar sauce and lemon wedges
crisp, light and golden fish sticks every time

FISH STICKS IN AN AIR FRYER

In any case, your family will gobble up these crisp fish sticks. I’ll teach you how to make these fish sticks crispy and golden brown right in the air fryer.

ingredients for air fryer fish sticks, including frozen fish sticks
just a few ingredients for this easy recipe

INGREDIENTS

This recipe is so simple, there’s only two ingredients.

  • fish sticks- your favorite brand from the grocery store
  • cooking spray
  • Tartar, sweet chili sauce or dipping sauce
frozen fish sticks in an air fryer basket
tip: add cooking spray prior to air frying

DIRECTIONS

  1. First, pre-heat air fryer.
  2. Next, spray cooking oil in your air fryer basket
  3. Add fish sticks to the air fryer, making sure to spread out evenly so none overlap.
  4. Set timer for 8 minutes, flipping halfway. If more time is needed, air fry an additional 2 minutes.
hand holding a fish stick being dipped into tartar sauce

DIPPING SAUCE FOR FISH STICKS

To accompany fish fingers or fish sticks, tartar sauce is my go-to condiment. It may be traditional, but it’s the best sauce for fish sticks.

You may also try a thousand island dressing, or just combine mayo with ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.

stack of light and crisp fish sticks next to a lemon slice
top with parsley for extra flare

FAQ

How to re-heat fish sticks

To re-heat fish sticks, add them back into the air fryer for 4-5 minutes or bake in the oven for approximately 6-7 minutes at 350 degrees F.

fish sticks on a white plate, lemon wedge and tartar sauce

WHAT TO SERVE WITH FISH STICKS

There are a few ways you can serve these Air Fryer fish sticks. Make them:

crisp golden fish sticks broken in half, revealing flaky center

Air Fryer Fish Sticks (from Frozen)

Frozen fish sticks become crisp and crunchy with this easy air fryer fish sticks recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Amber

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 12 fish sticks frozen
  • cooking spray
  • lemon wedge optional
  • tartar sauce optional

Instructions

  • First, pre-heat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Spray cooking oil in your air fryer basket (optional). Add fish sticks to the air fryer, making sure to spread out evenly so none overlap.
  • Set timer for 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway. If more time is needed, air fry an additional 2 minutes.

Notes

  • Spread out evenly to prevent sticking 
  • No need to thaw prior to cooking
  • Pre-heat and spray air fryer to extra crispiness.

Nutrition

Serving: 4sticks | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fiber: 3g

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