One of the most amazing things about an air fryer is being able to take frozen bagged foods and turn them into homemade food quite easily.
These frozen fish fingers (say that three times fast!) turn from mushy white fish to crispy fish sticks. Serve up some canned peaches and some French fries, and bam!
The perfect weeknight-friendly and kid-friendly meal that has a prep and cooking time of under 15 minutes.
While I am definitely an advocate for homemade fish sticks with egg mixture and panko crumbs if you have the time, deep frying is an incredibly messy hassle and totally unnecessary once you discover this great way to handle a busy night.
Frozen Fish Sticks in Air Fryer
This air fryer fish stick recipe produces a golden brown and crispy crust while maintaining the soft, tender fish on the inside. No spray oil or cooking spray is needed, and unlike oven-baked fish, no aluminum foil.
Just the air fryer basket, a piece of fish, and a condiment dipping sauce.
- Frozen fish sticks (keep frozen)
- tartar sauce and fresh lemon, optional for serving
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 390 degrees. No nonstick spray is needed.
- Place a single layer of fish sticks in the basket. The brand I used in this recipe is Gorton’s.
- Heat fish sticks on an Air Crisp (Ninja Foodi) or Air Fryer (depending on brand) for 4 minutes at 390.
- Shake and flip the fish sticks and return them to Air Crisp basket with additional cook times of 4 minutes at 390.
- Carefully remove from the air fryer basket and serve with fresh lemon juice and jarred or homemade tartar sauce.
Can Frozen Fish Sticks Be Seasoned?
I think any frozen food item can be made homemade with some seasoning.
Add garlic powder, onion powder, or Old Bay seasoning to frozen fish sticks to bang out a little more flavor.
Great Options for Air Fryer Recipes
Need more easy weeknight dinner options? Easy dinners often start in the frozen section, and there is no need to feel guilty about that!
It’s hardly a week that goes by when our family doesn’t hit at least a night out to eat, a pantry-boxed food, and a frozen meal.
If you are looking for a new air fryer for things like cod fillets and fish fillets, we love ours. It’s the Ninja Foodi all-in-one 6.5 quart.
We also own an 8 quart but have found the 6.5 quart meets all our needs with less bulk.