Crispy Homemade Fish Sticks

These crispy homemade fish sticks are so easy to make! Once you try this recipe you'll quit buying them from the grocery store.
I'm sure everyone has had fish sticks a time or two in their life. My mom used to make the boxed fish sticks all the time for us growing up. I still love them today, but have you ever noticed how pricey those packages of fish sticks are? Especially the beer battered ones. It's crazy!

Not to mention all the preservatives and crazy ingredients on the back of the package. A couple months back I was flipping through a magazine and saw a recipe for Crispy Homemade Fish Sticks. I don't know why it never dawned on me to just try and make them myself. 

This recipe was so simple to make and they tasted so much better than the ones that you buy in the store. For me the hardest part of the recipe was deciding on what fish to use. You can use sole, cod or pollock fillets or any mild white fish will do. I was unable to find sole so I went with cod fillets. 

I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe and we will definitely make these again. If your kids are fish stick lovers next time choose homemade versus store bought and see how your kids like them.  You can also choose to bake the fish sticks instead of pan frying for a healthier version. Let's get started. 

In a shallow dish beat together the eggs and milk and set aside. Pour the bread crumbs and flour onto two separate bowls or plates. Sprinkle fish sticks with salt and pepper. Dredge fish sticks in flour mixture. 

And then dip in the egg mixture. Transfer fish sticks to bread crumbs, covering fish completely and pressing lightly to adhere. Place each fish stick on a wire rack when coated. Heat 1/4 cup  canola, sunflower or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

Arrange half the fish sticks in a single layer without crowding; cook until golden brown, about 1 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove fish sticks from skillet, and transfer to a baking rack or a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. 

Serve with tarter sauce and enjoy.

Crispy on the outside and flaky tender on the inside.

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Kanga said…
Oh, these look SO delicious! I definitely cannot wait to make them!! Thanks for another great recipe. :)
Angie Henley said…
Hey Tina! This recipe was posted at the perfect time for me! My family and I just got back from Myrtle Beach SC. While there we ate at this restaurant called River City Cafe. They had Mahi Mahi fingers, they were made with Panko bread crumbs, and were sooooo good. My husband wanted me to recreate these at home, and voila...this recipe sounds so close to what we had! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be trying this with Mahi Mahi, and also the tilapia which is another of our favorites! Thanks again!!
Avril said…
This is fabulous Tina! Just the other day i was thinking how nice it would be to make my own Fish have read my mind! :-)
Erin said…
These look so delicious! We love fish and it's so darn expensive. This is perfect!!!
Kimberly said…
Those look great. Incidentally, I made homemade fish sticks two nights ago. I used 1/2 fish fry coating mix and 1/2 panko bread crumbs, and baked them in the oven. But I didn't have to bake them for 45 minutes, only about 20. My kids ate 'em up...I am glad they like them compared to the minced up fish stick you buy in the store.
These look perfect! So much better than the prepared ones. :)
Looks fabulous! My kids really love fish and chips, I can tell they will love this too! Thanks for sharing!
I agree with you about the panko bread crumbs - so much crispier than the regular ones. I often add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to my breadings for a little bit of fiber and omega-3 fats. I'll definitely try these fish sticks!
Tina Butler said…
I adjusted the baking time for the fish sticks. I think 45 minutes would be to long as well. I did not bake mine, but pan fried them instead.
Tennille said…
Do you know if they freeze well? Just wondering if I could stock some up!!
It's 8am and I have a hankerin' for these!! Yum!! My boys will be happy, they love fish sticks!
I SO love your site!'re it =)
Kirby said…
I dont buy the store bought ones alot because they are expensive and I hate opening up the box too and seeing that your lucky if even half of the box is full! Ha! So thank you for this, I cannot wait to make these instead!
Darcy said…
I never would of thought about making fishsticks at home. Wonderful idea! I will try this one tonight. Hope they turn out as pretty as yours did! Your food always looks pretty!Once again thank you for the great recipes!!
Oh my goodness! We used to eat fish sticks all the time growing up, and I still crave them now. It's funny - we don't really like fish any other way. I'm glad to see another recipe for homemade ones - these look better than others I've tried thus far.
Oh yum! These look great! I will for sure be making them next month!! Thanks Tina!
Pam said…
They look great! I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!
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Kirstin said…
Yummy! I love fish sticks but like you they're so expensive. I'm going to try this. Did they get crispy in the oven?
Anonymous said…
Hi. I had tater tots in the freezer and really wanted fish sticks to go with them. We are all run down and I didn't have the energy to go to the store to get the frozen ones, which by the way, only my oldest will eat. I made these tonight and it was YUM from ALL of us. We all agree they are WAY better than store bought. Thank you for the great recipe. My husband and I both really liked the tartar sauce too. We will definitely be having these again and again and again.
Anonymous said…
Making these tonight with tilapia! Look so good.