Homemade Fish Sticks

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

12 minutes



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  • 4 frozen tilapia fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 lemon, cut in wedges
  • Tartar sauce
  • Ketchup


  1. Remove tilapia from freezer. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, then cut each fillet into quarters.
  2. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Add eggs to another bowl. Combine bread crumbs and salt in a third bowl.
  3. Working in small batches, dredge tilapia in flour. Tap off excess, then coat in egg. Then coat evenly with bread crumbs.
  4. Insert crisper plate in basket. Preheat unit by selecting AIR FRY, setting the temperature to 390°F, and setting the time to 3 minutes. Select START/PAUSE to begin.
  5. After 3 minutes, place 8 fish sticks on crisper plate; insert basket in unit.
  6. Select AIR FRY, set temperature to 390°F, and set time to 12 minutes. Select START/PAUSE to begin.
  7. Halfway through cooking, select START/PAUSE to pause cooking. Remove basket from unit and flip fish sticks. Reinsert basket and select START/PAUSE to resume cooking.
  8. When cooking is complete, remove fish sticks from crisping plate. Squeeze lemon wedges over them and serve immediately with tartar sauce or ketchup.
  9. Repeat steps 4 through 8 with remaining fish sticks. They can also be placed in a resealable plastic bag and frozen for cooking later.

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