One of the most amazing things when it comes to an air fryer is being able to take frozen bagged foods and turn them into homemade quality quite easily. From frozen pizza rolls to air fried frozen mozzarella sticks, the golden brown crust right out of the air fryer basket makes having an air fryer totally worth it.
These frozen fish fingers (say that 3 times fast!) turn from mushy white fish to crispy fish sticks. Serve up with canned peaches and some French fries and bam!
The perfect weeknight friendly and kid friendly meal that has a prep and cooking time 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 incredible messy hassle and totally unnecessary once you discover this great way to handle a busy night.
Frozen Fish Sticks in Air Fryer
This air fried fish sticks recipe produces a golden brown and crispy crust while maintaining the soft tender fish on the inside. No spray oil or cooking spray needed and unlike oven baked fish, no aluminum foil.
Just the air fryer basket, piece of fish and a condiment dipping sauce.
Remember that a full printable recipe is available at the end of this post.
- frozen fish sticks (keep frozen)
- tartar sauce and fresh lemon, optional for serving
Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 390 degrees. No nonstick spray needed.
Place a single layer of fish sticks into the basket. The brand I used in this recipe is Gorton’s.
Heat fish sticks on Air Crisp (Ninja Foodi) or Air Fryer (depending on brand) for 4 minutes at 390.
Shake and flip fish sticks and return to Air Crisp basket with additional cook times of: 4 minutes at 390.
Carefully remove from air fryer basket and serve with fresh lemon juice and jarred or homemade tartar sauce.
Can Frozen Fish Sticks Be seasoned?
Personally I think any frozen food item can be brought up to homemade by a little bit of seasoning. Try adding garlic powder, onion powder might be a good option 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! Its hardly a week that goes by where our family doesn’t hit at least a night out to eat, a pantry boxed food and a frozen meal. Cooked fish sticks and tater tots are a delicious way to enjoy dinner, but air fryer frozen chicken strips and air fried corn dogs are also beloved by many.
If you are looking for a new air fryer for things like cod fillets and fish fillets, we love ours. Its 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.
Frozen Fish Sticks in Air Fryer
- frozen fish sticks - keep frozen
- tartar sauce and fresh lemon - optional for serving
- Cooking Fish Sticks in Air Fryer
- Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 390 degrees.
- Place a single layer of FROZEN fish sticks into the basket.
- Heat air crisp basket on Air Crisp/Air Fryer for 4 minutes at 390.
- Shake and flip fish sticks and return to Air Crisp basket for an additional cook time of 4 minutes at 390.
- Carefully remove fish sticks from basket (tongs work great) and serve with fresh lemon and tartar sauce.