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4.8 from 5 votes



  • 1 lb filet of firm white fish like cod cut into small strips
  • Flour add more as you go so there’s enough to coat all the strips
  • 2 eggs beaten with a spoonful of mustard mixed in
  • Bread crumbs with your choice of seasoning. We found that using half panko half regular bread crumbs resulted in the best texture but you can use either.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder paprika, or other seasoning of your choice


  • Season the cod strips with salt, pepper and other spices of your liking. Season the flour, egg, and breadcrumbs as well.*
  • Dip and pat each cod strip first in the flour, then dip in the egg + mustard mixture, and finally in the breadcrumbs, using your fingers to press the breadcrumbs in firmly to help them stick.
  • Lay each dipped fish stick on a foil lined baking sheet or baking rack, and spray with cooking oil spray (or brush with olive oil). Cooking spray or brushed oil with help the outers crisp up more in an oven, without frying.
  • Bake ~12 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit until done, flipping once half way through cooking. Check a fish stick center for doneness.


*It’s very easy for fish sticks to come out bland, so it’s important to season at every step! And if they do come out on the lightly flavored side, dipping sauces are an easy fix.
Freezing note: After they’re cooked, fish sticks freeze well. I microwave for about a minute and then finish in the oven or air fryer where they crisp right back up!