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Crispy baked Fish Sticks are an easy weeknight dinner that will have your family running to the dinner table. Any firm fish will work with this simple breaded fish dinner.

Fish Sticks served with rice

Fish Sticks

Fish Sticks are always a family favorite but they can be expensive to feed a large family. Try this budget friendly meal that is almost just as easy as the prepared version from the freezer section of your grocery store.

I grew up in my family’s catfish restaurant where all of the food was deep fried and I am still a huge fan of deep fried fish and hush puppies. We often have a fish fry on the weekend with the whole family. For busy weeknights though, I love this oven baked fish.

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If you are just looking for the printable recipe card, just scroll on down to the very bottom. Otherwise, keep reading to see just how simple it is to make homemade fish sticks!

How to Make Fish Sticks:

Fish Filets cut into strips

Cut fish filets into 1 1/2 – 2 inch strips. Breading ingredients for homemade fish sticks

Place all purpose flour into a shallow dish. Add egg and milk into a small shallow dish and mix well. Panko breadcrumbs and seasonings are mixed together in a pie plate or other shallow dish. Dredging fish into flour

Dredge fish through all purpose flour, shaking off any excess.

Breading fish sticks into egg wash

Dip in egg mixture, coating both sides.

Panko crusted fish sticks

Then place into seasoned Panko, pressing lightly for breadcrumbs to adhere to fish.

Panko breaded fish sticks on a baking sheet before baking

Place on a lined or greased baking sheet in a single layer, not touching.

Baked Panko Breaded Fish Sticks on parchment paper lined baking sheet

Bake fish sticks for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown and fish has reached 145° internal temperature.

Fish Stick dipping in tartar sauce

Serve with tartar sauce and fresh lemon slices.

Tips for Breading Fish:

Dredging the fish in flour before the egg and milk mixture will give the egg something to stick to. Then coat with the Panko breadcrumbs, which are great for getting a crunchy crust. Crushed crackers like Ritz or potato chips will also make a great breading.

Fish Sticks with Panko crust served with lemon and rice

How to Tell if Fish is Done:

Fish will become flaky when it is cooked through. Use a meat thermometer to check that the fish has reached 145° internal temperature.

Great Side Dishes to Serve with Fish:

Creamy Coleslaw is my go- to side dish for fish. It takes me back to the days of our family restaurant and it’s so easy to make.

Thai Cucumber Salad is so refreshing and delicious with fish. It might sound like an odd pairing but we’ve been making this for our weekend fish fry and it’s the perfect combination.

Rice Pilaf is one of my favorite side dishes for fish, we often stir in sautéd peppers and onions for a flavorful side dish that is quick and easy.

Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes are a quick and easy side dish for any meal and very flavorful with garlic and herbs.

More Fish & Shrimp Recipes to Try:

Grilled Salmon with a brown sugar and malt vinegar glaze is one of my favorite weeknight dinners. This recipe comes together so easily and the flavors are outstanding.

Smoked Paddlefish Tacos are incredibly flavorful and delicious. Not your average taco night!

Beer Battered Catfish Po Boys are a family favorite. Crispy fried catfish served up on hoagie buns with lots of coleslaw. Yum!

Southern Fried Shrimp is one of my most popular recipes. So simple to make and incredibly irresistible!

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Yield: 4 servings

Fish Sticks

Baked fish sticks on a white plate with rice and fresh lemon slice

Crispy baked Fish Sticks are an easy weeknight dinner that will have your family running to the dinner table. Any firm fish will work with this simple breaded fish dinner. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound firm white fish filets
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Mediterranean or Italian seasonings
  • tartar sauce and fresh lemon slices for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Cut fish into 1 1/2 - 2 inch strips
  3. Add all purpose flour to a shallow dish.
  4. Mix egg and milk together in a small shallow dish.
  5. Add Panko and seasonings to a shallow pie plate and mix well.
  6. Dredge fish in flour, coating all sides. Dip into egg mixture, coating completely. Place in breadcrumbs and press to coat all sides.
  7. Place breaded fish on a greased or lined baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart in a single layer.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until fish is flaky and has reached 145° internally.
  9. Serve fish sticks with tartar sauce and fresh lemon slices.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 496mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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