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Cooking fish sticks in the air fryer makes them crispier and more delicious than ever! Super quick to make, we’ll never prepare our frozen fish sticks any other way.

Air fried fish sticks on a white plate with dipping sauce

What Makes This Method So Good

  • Air frying gives you the crispy, crunchy texture of deep fried fish sticks without that whole submerging-food-in-hot-oil thing. Clean up is a breeze, too!
  • No need to thaw your fish sticks! With this method you’ll go from frozen to ready-to-eat in less than 15 minutes.
  • This is a great way to reheat any leftover fish sticks. Since you’ve already cooked them once, they’ll only need 2 to 3 minutes in the air fryer. Just long enough to heat them through and crisp up the breading again!

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Key Ingredients

Fish Sticks – This method works for any brand of frozen fish sticks, so choose your favorite! You can cook as many fish sticks as you need, but depending on the number, you may need to do multiple batches.

Chef’s Tips

  • It’s super important that you place the fish sticks in the air fryer basket in a single, even layer. They shouldn’t overlap or touch – in order for the air fryer to work its magic, the air has to circulate completely.
  • The spray oil in this recipe is optional! It’ll help your fish sticks crisp up even more, but the air fryer does a good job of that on its own. If you decide to use a spray oil, be sure not to use anything aerosolized. Canned, aerosol cooking sprays (like PAM) contain harsh ingredients that will damage the coating on your air fryer basket.
  • If your air fryer uses racks instead of a basket, be sure to rotate the racks halfway through the cook time, to ensure all of your fish sticks cook evenly.
  • We used frozen breaded fish sticks here, but this same method will totally work if you decide to make your own instead!
A close up of an air fried fish stick being dipped into a small bowl of dipping sauce

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 2 votes

Frozen Fish Sticks in the Air Fryer

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Cooking fish sticks in the air fryer makes them crispier and more delicious than ever! Super quick to make, we'll never prepare our frozen fish sticks any other way.
1 serving


  • air fryer


  • frozen fish sticks
  • spray oil optional, for extra crispy
  • 1 pinch salt optional


  • Preheat air fryer (with empty basket inserted) to 400º Fahrenheit for approximately 3 minutes.
  • Remove basket and add frozen fish sticks in a single layer. Spray with oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat.
    Frozen fish sticks in a black air fryer basket
  • Return basket to air fryer. Cook 10 minutes, removing basket and shaking fish sticks after 5 minutes.
  • Remove fish sticks from basket and serve as desired.
  • Use this method to cook as many fish sticks as you like. Remember to place fish sticks in the basket in a single, even layer, with space between each stick. You may have to cook multiple batches depending on the number of fish sticks you’re cooking.
Number of servings depends on number of fish sticks you cook. Nutritional values shown reflect information for 1 serving (4 sticks) of Gorton’s frozen fish sticks. Macros may vary slightly depending on the specific brand of fish sticks used.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 230calProtein: 10gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 469mgPotassium: 1mgTotal Carbs: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gNet Carbs: 25gCalcium: 17mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. This makes fish sticks better than fish sticks – ha! Love how easy it is and no preheating the oven5 stars

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      We agree! The air fryer is a key player in making cooked, frozen food — especially fried food — taste crispy and delicious.5 stars

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