How to Make Easy Gluten-Free Homemade Fish Sticks in the Air Fryer

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I’m so excited to bring you this new recipe for Gluten-Free Homemade Fish Sticks. The recipe is one of our all-time favorites, kid-friendly, and it’s super easy to make in the air fryer!


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If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that I’m not a big fan of prepackaged foods.

There are a lot of reasons to skip the prepackaged food products aisle. Nevertheless, among our biggest reason for making healthier copycats of many of our once-favorite prepackaged foods is the feel-good factor that comes from deciding what goes into the options we serve our family.

Because it’s important to us, we think it might be important for you too. That’s why we’re sharing how to make one of our favorites…

Additionally, you won’t believe all the creative ways to eat fish sticks!

So check out the full post over here to get all of the ways I’ve pulled together to convince you that fish sticks might be your next go-to budget-friendly convenience superstar to bring to the table! Why? Because…these crispy, crunchy, flakey, mouth-watering sticks can also be used as a super versatile ingredient for surprisingly grown-up dishes!

You can also find the recipe below.

A great source of omega-3s, our easy gluten-free recipe for homemade golden-breaded fish sticks helps you enjoy real fish with fewer calories and less fat.

We show you how to make them in the Air Fryer, keeping everything as simple and healthy as possible!

The printable version is available here.

Serves 2-3 | Crispy and crunchy on the outside, flakey, mouth-watering white fish on the inside – We use tender yet firm cod loin fillets, then surround them in a golden breading made from crunchy gluten-free panko breadcrumbs for the perfect combination of flavor and crispness. Whether you’re creating your favorite fish taco, dipping them in tartar sauce, or scarfing them down as they are, the entire family will love these kid-friendly favorite fish sticks made from natural (not minced) fish and no fillers.


1 pound boneless, skinless Cod loin (you could also substitute any firm white fish like Haddock or Halibut)

▢ ¼ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

▢ ¼ teaspoon Salt

▢ ¼ teaspoon Pepper

▢ 1 large Egg

▢ 1 tablespoon Water

▢ ½ cup + 1 tablespoon gluten-free Panko Bread Crumbs

▢ Coconut cooking spray

▢ optional Tartar Sauce


1. Cut the fish fillets into approximately 1″ x 1” sticks, 3-4 inches long.

2. Whisk the flour, salt, and pepper in a small shallow bowl.

3. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk the egg and water until frothy.

4. Measure the panko breadcrumbs into a third shallow bowl.

5. Thoroughly coat the cut sticks first with the flour mixture, then dip the flour-coated fish in the egg wash to cover all sides of each portion [1]. Lastly, roll in the panko crumbs before placing them on a lightly sprayed air-fryer basket or onto a baking rack positioned over a baking sheet [2]. Repeat until all the fish portions are done.

6. Lightly spray the top of the fish sticks with the coconut oil spray.

7. Cook at 375°F (190°C) for approximately 6-7 minutes, flip over, and spray lightly with more coconut oil, then continue cooking for an additional 6-7 minutes or until the coating becomes golden brown and lightly crispy [3].

8. Serve with Homemade Better for You Tartar Sauce and these Crispy Double-Fried Homemade Potato Chips, or stay tuned for our new recipe for making Homemade Tater Tots (coming next week) for a great side dish!

Recipe Notes


[1] Coat all the fish portions following the flour, egg wash, then Panko crumb order until all the sticks are done. When dredging, be careful to tap the excess flour from the fish stick, then dip quickly on all sides in the egg wash before coating with the Panko crumbs. Do not let the fish stick set in the egg wash because it will become a gooey mess. You’re looking for each fish stick to be lightly covered with the coating. In the final Panko crumb step, you want to lightly press every side of the fish into the coating to get an evenly coated crusty layer.

[2] Depending on the air-fryer you own, you may also position the fish sticks directly into the lightly sprayed air-fryer basket.

[3] Using an instant-read thermometer, the internal temperature should read 165°F (74°C) when the fish sticks are cooked.

Storage Tip: Leftover cooked fish sticks can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Something to Discover

I just came across this great FREE resource for children and parents from the Canadian Celiac Association. This workbook, available in both English and French, is written specifically for parents who have children with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. It contains information about the disease, tips from fellow parents, nutrition tips, recipes, and gluten-free lunch and snack ideas.

If you have a favorite recipe or unique way to use fish sticks, I’d love to hear about it. 😊

Reply to this email with your recipe or tips, and I’ll share them in an upcoming eNewsletter!

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