Can You Put Fish Sticks In An Air Fryer?

Yes, cooking fish sticks in an air fryer is not only possible but also highly recommended for achieving a crispy exterior and tender interior. Air frying fish sticks offers a healthier alternative to deep frying, minimizing oil use while still delivering that satisfying crunch. Here’s how to do it:

Air Fryer Fish Sticks Recipe


  • Frozen fish sticks (no need to thaw)


  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (about 204°C). Preheating helps ensure the fish sticks cook evenly and become crispy.
  2. Arrange the Fish Sticks: Place the frozen fish sticks in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Ensure they’re not touching to allow air to circulate around each fish stick, which helps them get crispy. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  3. Cook: Air fry the fish sticks for about 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. The exact time might vary depending on your air fryer model and the thickness of the fish sticks.
  4. Check for Doneness: The fish sticks are done when they’re golden brown and crispy on the outside. If you have a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C) to ensure the fish is cooked through.
  5. Serve: Remove the fish sticks from the air fryer and let them sit for a minute or two before serving. This allows any excess heat to dissipate, making them the perfect temperature to eat. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, like tartar sauce, ketchup, or mayonnaise.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Fish Sticks

  • No Need to Thaw: Cook the fish sticks straight from frozen for the best texture.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: For the crispiest results, make sure the fish sticks aren’t overcrowded in the basket. Air flow is key to achieving a crispy exterior.
  • Flipping Is Important: Turning the fish sticks halfway through the cooking time ensures they brown evenly on all sides.
  • Serving Suggestions: Fish sticks pair well with a variety of sides, such as French fries (also great in the air fryer), coleslaw, or a simple salad.

Air frying fish sticks is a quick, convenient, and healthier way to enjoy this family-friendly meal. With minimal prep and cleanup, it’s perfect for busy weeknights or a quick snack.

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