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Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Mild white codfish is one of my favorite fish to use in my homemade gluten free fish sticks recipe. Make them in the air fryer in 20 minutes, or bake them in the oven. Kids and grownups will all love these air fryer fish sticks!

A crispy gluten free fish stick cut in half.

When our kids were young, they used to love fish sticks. They are fun to eat, and you can dip them into many yummy dips. When we went gluten free, I sort of forgot about them. Our kids used to call these fish fingers. I guess they do look like gluten free fish fingers in a way :-).

I was reminded to try them when I was shopping in the grocery store, and I saw how expensive pre-made gluten free fish sticks are! You can make these from scratch for so much less money!

For this recipe, I used a new coating…pork rinds. I haven’t had pork rinds since I was a kid. They seem to be all the rage right now, and I knew I wanted to give them a try. Many companies make them, or you can buy pork rinds and grind them yourself! (Using pork rinds also makes this recipe keto for those who follow that diet.)

If you love using your air fryer, you will want to check out all of my easy Gluten Free Air Fryer Recipes!

Why you need to try these:

These delicious Ninja Foodi fish sticks are so good, partly because of the super yummy crispy coating. There is something about the taste of pork rinds with this mild cod that make them incredible.

Both kids wanted seconds, and that speaks wonders, as one of my kids is really picky! Make these yummy air fryer fish sticks in about 20 minutes from start to finish!

If you are trying to decide on what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free. I include a great pros and cons list for each model.

These are my favorite! I use this recipe with tilapia loins from Costco and they are absolutely delicious! 😋 the 1st time I made them I went around telling everyone about them. Soo good!”

Tracy R.

Ingredient notes:

Photos of the gluten free fish sticks ingredients.
  • Pork rinds – They now sell these as bread crumbs, and they are gluten free. You can also buy a bag of pork rinds and crush them in your food processor. Feel free to use my gluten free panko recipe if you don’t like pork rinds.
  • Whitefish – I primarily use cod for my fish sticks because it is very mild yet holds together really well when you cut it. Tilapia is also great.
  • Milk – You can also use non-dairy milk.
  • Cooking oil spray – If you are air frying these, you will want a light oil (NOT olive oil) to spray over the fish sticks so they crisp up.

If you are looking for another popular air fryer recipe, give my Gluten Free Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe a try!

Recipe step-by-step directions:

Ready to make these? Gather your ingredients. Cooking fish sticks in the air fryer is so easy! Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 375º F. I used this Ninja Foodi Air Fryer, and it worked well.

Photos of steps 1 and 2 making fish sticks.

Step 1: Take your cod and slice it into sticks.

HINT: If your fish is wet, pat it down with paper towels. This will help the breading stick better.

Step 2: Add an egg and some milk to a bowl and whisk. Add the fish and turn them around in the mixture to coat all sides.

Photos of steps 3 and 4 making fish sticks.

Step 3: Put the fish into the pork rind panko. Make sure it is coated all around.

Step 5: Spray a light oil in the warm air fryer basket. This will help prevent them from sticking. Do not use olive oil. Place the fish sticks in the air fryer basket, then spray the tops of the fish sticks with the oil.

Cooked fish sticks in the air fryer.

Step 6: Cook the fish sticks at 375º F for 12 minutes. If your fish sticks are thick, you may need to cook them for a couple of minutes more.

Serve hot.

Getting your kids in the kitchen so they learn how to cook can be very empowering. Here are some delicious Gluten Free Recipes for Kids to get you all started!

The top view of a tray of gluten free fish sticks.

Bake them:

If you don’t have an air fryer or prefer to bake them, follow all of the directions. Instead of putting them in an air fryer basket, put them onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 375º F for 15-20 minutes or until crispy. Baking time may vary depending on how thickly you cut the fish sticks.

Dipping an air fried fish stick in ketchup.

Dipping these fish sticks is all the rage! If you love crispy food that can be dipped, try these Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets too!

Dip them in:

A tray of gluten free fish sticks.

If you are looking for another kid-friendly recipe, try these Gluten Free Pigs In A Blanket. Serve with this easy gluten free pasta salad.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you make these without pork rinds?

Yes! You can easily use a gluten free panko. Add 1/3 cup panko, 1/4 cup grated parmesan, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder to a bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste and use this instead of pork rinds.

What is the best fish to use for fish sticks?

I love to use a mild white fish to make my fish sticks. Cod and tilapia are my favorites because they hold together well.

Are fish sticks bad for you?

Store-bought fish sticks tend to be fried in oil and have higher calories. Homemade fish sticks are not bad for you! These fish sticks are air-fried so they have all of the crispy fried flavors, without the fat and calories of fried.

Can you make these fish sticks dairy-free?

You can easily make this dairy-free by using non-dairy milk. Be sure to use unsweetened, non-dairy milk.

How long will these fish sticks keep fresh?

These fish sticks will keep fresh up to 3 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Can you cook frozen fish sticks in the air fryer?

The air fryer is perfect for cooking pre-made frozen foods. Air fryer frozen fish sticks cook in as little as 8 minutes.

More gluten free air fryer recipes:

a crispy gluten free fish stick cut in half

Air Fryer Gluten Free Fish Sticks

Sandi Gaertner
If you love crispy fish sticks, you will love this quick and easy air fryer fish sticks recipe. I include oven baking directions as well.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 159 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pork rinds * see note
  • 12 ounces cod filets * see note
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon light oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Take your cod and slice it into sticks with a sharp knife.
  • HINT: If your fish is wet, pat it down with paper towels. This will help the breading stick better.
  • Add the egg and milk to a bowl and whisk. Add the fish and turn them around in the mixture to coat all sides.
  • Put the fish into the pork rind panko. Make sure it is coated all around.
  • Spray a light oil in the warm air fryer basket. This will help prevent them from sticking. Do not use olive oil. Place the fish sticks in the air fryer basket, then spray the tops of the fish sticks with the oil.
  • Cook the fish sticks at 375º F for 10-12 minutes. If your fish sticks are thick, you may need to cook them a couple of minutes more.
  • See notes for baking instructions.

Notes

  1. You can use cod, tilapia, or another mild white fish. Salmon also works, but it may not hold its shape as well as the cod.
  2. There are pork rind crumbs in stores in the bread crumb area, usually in the spice section of your grocery store. You can also buy pork rinds and grind them in a food processor, which is cheaper.
  3. Dip them in ketchup, ranch dressing, or any of your favorite dips.
  4. These air fryer gluten free fish sticks will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them in a freezer-style zip bag. Freeze them flat until they are frozen. Thaw in the oven or air fryer.
Baking Instructions:
If you don’t have an air fryer or prefer to bake them, follow all of the directions. Instead of putting them in an air fryer basket, put them onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 375º F for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy. Baking time may vary depending on how thickly you cut the fish sticks.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1personCalories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 21gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 193mgPotassium: 376mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 109IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
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