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Air Fryer Fish Sticks

by Karly

AIR FRYER FISH STICKS are such an easy way to get dinner on the table, and kids love them! Check out our homemade tartar sauce recipe (just 5 ingredients!) to make this dinner oh so delicious!

close up of a woman holding a fish stick

I grew up eating fish sticks. My mama would stick a tray of them in the oven and that’d be that.

I know she appreciated how quick and easy they were, because now that I’m a mama I feel the exact same way!

We obviously had to test fish sticks in the air fryer to see if they were better than in the oven and I can confirm – they are!

The coating gets nice and crisp, like they were freshly fried. No soggy fish sticks here!

We often just eat these as is, with a side of tartar sauce for dipping. Although, as a kid I used to dip mine in ketchup. 😉

Lately, though, we’ve been getting fancy and make fish stick tacos. I’ll share the recipe soon!

Fish sticks piled on a white plate

How To Cook Frozen Fish Sticks in an Air Fryer:

Prepare your air fryer basket by brushing oil on the basket or spritzing it if you have a pump spray bottle.

Place your fish sticks in the air fryer basket. Do not stack them, and do not let them touch. This will give you the best results in that the breading will be nice and crisp.

Cook for 8-9 minutes at 400 degrees F.

frozen fish sticks in an air fryer basket

How to Make Homemade Tartar Sauce:

Making tartar sauce is just as easy as remembering to buy a bottle of the stuff and you probably have the ingredients on hand.

You’ll need:

Mayonnaise – It is recommended to use mayonnaise and not Miracle Whip as Miracle Whip is a little sweeter.

Chopped Dill Pickles – We prefer to chop pickles, but dill relish will also work.

Dill – If you have fresh dill, go ahead and use that. Otherwise, dried dill is great.

Onion Powder – My family doesn’t like chunks of onion in their tartar sauce, but you could use really finely minced or grated onion if you preferred.

Lemon Juice – Fresh or from a bottle.

Stir it all together and then serve it up with your fish sticks.

This will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.

cooked fish sticks in an air fryer basket


What do you serve with fish sticks?

French fries, cole slaw, roasted potatoes, broccoli, carrots, or a salad.

Can I refreeze the fish sticks if I make too many of them?

Yes, but if you think you will eat them again soon, you can just put them in a baggie and keep them in your fridge.

More Frozen Foods For Your Air Fryer:

close up of fish sticks on a white plate

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Fish sticks and tartar sauce on a white plate.

Air Fryer Fish Sticks

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Frozen fish sticks can have a crisp breading when you cook them right in the air fryer. We also provide a recipe for a homemade tartar sauce for a perfect little lunch!


For the fish sticks:

  • 10 frozen fish sticks

For the tartar sauce:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill pickles
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  1. Spritz the air fryer basket with oil. 
  2. Add the fish sticks in a single layer with room between each. Spritz the tops with oil lightly.
  3. Air fryer at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, depending on how crisp you'd like the coating.
  4. While the fish sticks are cooking, stir together all of the ingredients for the tartar sauce.
  5. Serve fish sticks with tartar sauce, for dipping.


Leftover tartar sauce will keep in the fridge, covered, for up to 10 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 980Total Fat: 67gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 48gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 1396mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g

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