Air Fryer Fish Sticks

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Air Fryer Frozen Fish Sticks are crisp and crunchy and made in less than 10 minutes. These frozen fish sticks can be cooked straight from frozen.

Cooking frozen food in the air fryer is so convenient and tastes great. We also love making frozen popcorn shrimp, frozen french fries , air fryer pizza rolls and frozen egg rolls because they always turn out golden and crispy.

Fish sticks on a plate

I love cooking in the air fryer! It’s such a great way to get food crunchy and delicious without a lot of oil and grease. It’s also nice not to have to preheat your oven and heat up the house. 

Air fryers cook by circulating hot air around the food which helps to achieve maximum tastiness.

Be sure to download this free Air Fryer Times and Temperatures cheat sheet. It’s a great quick reference to common food that is cooked with this method.


Why this works

  • Delicious, crunchy fish sticks with no need to add any extra oil. You will still get that yummy deep fried taste without the added oil. Frozen fish sticks already have oil cooked into them so you don’t need to add any.
  • These are super fast and simple to make. They cook up in about 10 minutes and clean-up is a breeze.  
  • No oven to preheat. You can cook these frozen fish sticks in the time it would take you to preheat the oven.

What you need

Frozen fish sticks – You need a box of your favorite frozen fish sticks. I used Gorton’s but any brand will work great. 

How to make air fryer frozen fish sticks

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  1. Place frozen fish sticks in the air fryer basket. Make sure to keep them in a single layer to ensure they get cooked all around. 
  2. Set the temperature for 400 degrees F and 4 minutes. Remove and shake or flip the sticks over.
  3. Set temperature again for 400 degrees F and another 4 minutes. Add another 1-2 minutes if you prefer them to be more crunchy. 
  4. If desired, sprinkle with salt or Old Bay seasoning.
  5. Try serving with the easy Homemade Tartar Sauce. 

frozen and cooked fish sticks

Are frozen fish sticks made from real fish?

Yes, most brands use a white fish like cod and then bread or batter them. There can be fillers in the processed fish sticks. 

What to serve with fish sticks

There are many great options to serve with fish sticks. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Onion Rings – These are easy to make and always crunchy.
  • Pea Salad – Cool and creamy salad filled with vegetables and bacon.
  • Roasted Broccoli – A delicious way to eat your broccoli. 
  • Corn Salad – A beautiful salad with corn, tomatoes and more. 
  • Roasted Potatoes – This makes a great side for many dishes. 

How to reheat fish sticks

Air fryers are great for reheating food. Place leftover fish sticks in air fryer basket. Cook at 380 degrees for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. 

Recipe tips

  • Make sure to place these in a single layer in the basket. You want the hot air to be able to circulate around the fish sticks for even cooking. 
  • Cooking time might depend on how large or thick the fish is made. Also, each fryer tends to cook a little differently but 8 minutes is a good base time to start.
  • There is no need for extra oil for this recipe. If you would like your frozen fish sticks extra crispy, you can lightly spray them with olive oil. Just be sure not to use an aerosol spray like PAM because it could damage your air fryer. 
  • If you would like to season with salt, Old Bay or another spice, do it right after they come out and are hot.

What is best air fryer to use?

You can find many great machines on the market today. 

  • I use this Corsi that is 5.8 quarts which works well for our family of 5.
  • OMORC 6 quart is another wonderful option that comes at a great price. 

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fish sticks on white plate with parsley
5 from 8 votes

Air Fryer Fish Sticks

By Heather
How to cook frozen fish sticks in air fryer
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 box frozen fish sticks


  • Place fish sticks in air fryer basket being sure not to stack on each other.
  • Set air fryer temperature to 400 degrees F and 4 minutes. Shake or flip over sticks and cook for an additional 4 minutes.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with salt or Old Bay Seasoning after cooking.



Calories: 1kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. I make fish sticks in the air fryer all the time. I love the ones from Costco. They make awesome fish tacos.

  2. 5 stars
    I love this fish sticks, this air fryer version fish sticks looks perfect snacks for kids. I haven’t bought air fryer looks like I need to get one for me.