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Air Fryer Fish Sticks (frozen)

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Air fryer fish sticks – the best way to cook frozen fish sticks. Air frying means they cook in just minutes, but get crunchy and delicious. Once you try them, you’ll never cook them any other way. 

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Air fryer frozen fish sticks

How to cook frozen fish sticks (or fish fingers) in an air fryer

I love fish sticks and my favorite way to cook them is in an air fryer. They end up so crispy and delicious you won’t want to cook them any other way! 

Air frying fish sticks is better than cooking in an ordinary oven because the action of the hot air circulating crisps them up without needing to add extra oil. As a bonus, they are ready in minutes for a quick weeknight dinner or lunch with no need to turn your oven on!

How long to cook frozen fish sticks in an air fryer

Frozen fish sticks can vary greatly in size and thickness, and so the time required to cook them fully will vary too. To make matters more complicated, air fryers all cook at different rates, and so the cooking time will also depend on how powerful your particular air fryer is. 

Start by air frying them for around 8 minutes (turning halfway through if required), and then for an additional 1-2 minutes until they are cooked fully. You will know when that is because the outside will be the golden crispy color that you are used to. 

I would recommend printing off the recipe card below and making a note of exactly how long the correct cook time for your air fryer is. 

If you have other frozen foods you would like to cook in an air fryer, try using my air fryer conversion calculator to work out the cooking time and temperature needed (°F and °C options).

Cooking Fish Sticks and Fries in an air fryer

This is the perfect combination to make in an air fryer. Air fryer frozen fries take slightly longer to air fry than frozen fish sticks, but it is easy to add the fish sticks in once the french fries have started cooking.

Here are the steps:

  1. Place frozen french fries in the air fryer basket. 
  2. Air fry fish sticks for 5 minutes, remove basket and shake to redistribute the fries.
  3. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the basket, remove the fish sticks to a plate, shake the french fries, return the fish sticks flipped over.
  5. Return the basket to the air fryer and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until the fries and fish sticks are golden brown and cooked through.  

How to reheat fish sticks in an air fryer

In the unlikely event that you have any leftover fish sticks, you can store them for a couple of days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container, then it is as easy as popping them back in the air fryer for 2 minutes until they are warmed through. 

This is the best way to reheat frozen fish sticks as they will stay crunchy (compared to microwaving), and is much quicker than reheating them in a regular oven. 

Air fryer frozen fish sticks

Fish sticks in a white plate.
Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Frozen Fish Sticks

Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

How to cook frozen fish sticks or fish fingers in an air fryer.


  • 6 frozen fish sticks


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). 
  2. Place frozen fish sticks in the air fryer in a single layer, ensure they are not touching. 
  3. Cook for 8-10 minutes until golden brown and warmed through. Note: If your air fryer requires food to be flipped then turn the fish sticks half way through the cooking time (check your manual if you are unsure).

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 687mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g

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