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Crunchy Baked Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce

These homemade fish sticks are made with strips of cod, covered with a well-seasoned coating, and oven-baked for a crunchy finger food perfect for dipping into a homemade tartar sauce.
Prep Time16 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade fish sticks
Servings: 4
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


Fish Sticks

Tarter Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pickles and onions or pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley or dill
  • salt and pepper to taste


Prep the Ingredients

  • Cut the fish fillets into 1-inch strips.
  • Bowl 1: Add the flour, pepper and salt and mix to combine.
  • Bowl 2: Crack the eggs into the bowl and scramble just until combined.
  • Bowl 3: Combine the panko breadcrumbs, cornmeal, dried parsley, and paprika.
  • Preheat oven to 400˚F, and spray two large baking sheets with cooking spray or layer with parchment paper.

Bread the Fish Sticks

  • Drop each fish strip into the flour bowl and coat completely with flour.
  • Remove from the flour and drop into the egg mixture. Flip to coat entirely.
  • Press it into the Panko breadcrumb mixture and coat completely.
  • Carefully remove the breaded fish strip without shaking off the coating, and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the remaining fish placing each one on the baking sheet without touching each other.

Oven Bake the Fish Sticks

  • Bake the breaded fish in a preheated oven until crispy, about 10 to 14 minutes for pieces that are 1-inch thick. Thinner fish fillets will cook quicker. Flip them over about halfway through so that each side browns evenly.

Air Fryer Fish Sticks

  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400˚F, and set the timer to 14 minutes.
  • Place the prepared fish sticks in one layer on the air-fryer basket leaving a little space in between each piece.
  • Place in the preheated air fryer and cook for 10 to 14 minutes, or until crispy and golden.
  • Check half way and give the basket a shake to flip so they cook evenly. Repeat with the remaining breaded fish sticks.

Make the Tartar Sauce

  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, chopped pickles, onions, pickle juice, parsley, salt, and pepper. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Use within 3 days.
  • Serve the fish sticks warm with a squeeze of fresh lemon, your favorite dipping sauce, ketchup, or tartar sauce.


Serving: 4fingers | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 82g | Fat: 6.4g | Cholesterol: 280mg | Sodium: 313mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 0.8g