Whole30 Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

A simple makeover on a childhood favorite! These Whole30 crispy baked fish sticks and tartar sauce are made with real ingredients and so delicious! Made in under 30 minutes, this baked fish stick recipe is sure to please the whole family!


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I spent my summers growing up at our cabin in northern Minnesota. We would swim and ski and nap and eat. And yes, we would fish.

I cannot even begin to count the afternoons spent on the lake catching sunnies that later became our dinner. My dad and grandpa would filet the fish out on the back steps before bringing the filets inside to be breaded in Panko and pan fried to perfection.

It has been and will always be one of my favorite meals. Memories have such a powerful hold on how we associate certain foods and I love reliving those memories as much as I can.

And luckily, this recipe helps me do just that…

WHOLE30 CRISPY BAKED FISH STICKS

whole30 crispy baked fish sticks on plate with lemon wedges and tartar sauce

When it comes to fish, nothing beats fresh and Sitka Salmon Shares is my go-to resource for buying fresh caught fish!

Not only does Sitka Salmon Shares provide the freshest wild-caught fish (seriously, the quality is TOP notch and you can tell a difference when buying from Sitka Salmon Shares versus the grocery store), they are changing the game in sustainable fishing. Small, independent fishermen make up Sitka Salmon Share’s team of sustainable and reliable fisherman. Their methods are transparent and reliable and Sitka Salmon Shares provides their fishermen ownership, allowing them to further succeed and grow their businesses.

If you have any questions about Sitka Salmon Shares, please send me an email at ellie (at) hungrybynature (dot) com and if you want to try Sitka Salmon Shares for yourself, use the code HUNGRY for $25 off your first box!

These fish sticks are perfect for:

  • weeknight dinners – Yes, these crispy baked fish sticks are totally easy (thank you pantry staples!) and manageable on a weeknight.
  • reliving childhood memories – I grew up on fresh caught fish breaded to perfection and nothing makes me happier than reliving those memories today.
  • meatless Mondays and Friday fish fries – We have been always been a house that eats a lot of fish throughout the week, but we are trying to make even more of a point to make meatless meals a habit! All you need to do is add a vegetable or salad on the side and you have the perfect meal on your hands.

whole30 crispy baked fish sticks on plate with lemon wedges and tartar sauce

Here is what you need to make this baked fish stick recipe:

(Note: full Ingredient List is provided in the Recipe Card, at the end of this post.)

  • Cod from Sitka Salmon Shares – Sitka Salmon Shares is the easiest way to bring wild caught Alaskan fish into your home. Nothing compares to catching fish yourself, but that’s not always feasible (like when you live in a city and are currently under quarantine!) and I rely heavily on Sitka Salmon Shares for my fish. 
  • almond and tapioca flour – Together these two flours create the base for our breading.
  • spices – Flavor, friends!
  • Eggs – Eggs are needed to help bind the breading to our fish sticks!
  • For serving: Whole30 tartar sauce, parsley, fresh lemon wedges – duh!

whole30 crispy baked fish sticks on plate with lemon wedges and tartar sauce

How do you make these Whole30 Crispy Baked Fish Sticks? Easy! 

(Note: full Recipe Directions is provided in the Recipe Card, at the end of this post.)

Make your fish sticks. In a shallow bowl, combine all of the breading ingredients. Mix until thoroughly combined. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk egg with a splash of water. Slice cod into sticks, approximately 1/2 inch thick.

Take each fish stick and dip in the egg mixture, allowing excess egg to drip off before placing into the breading. Using a clean hand, coat the fish sticks with the breading and place on your prepared baking sheet. Continue to do this until all fish sticks are coated.

Bake fish for 6 minutes. Flip the fish and bake for another 6 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes to crisp.

Make the tartar sauce. While the fish is cooking, combine all of the tartar sauce ingredients together and mix to combine.

ENJOY!

whole30 crispy baked fish sticks on plate with lemon wedges and tartar sauce

If you love these baked fish sticks, you will also love:

Whole30 Roasted Lemon Salmon

Blackened Salmon Tacos

Sheet Pan Butter Garlic Shrimp and Green Beans

But for now, let’s stick with these Whole30 Baked Fish Sticks and Tartar Sauce!

If you make these or any of my recipes, don’t forget to post a picture social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature so that I can see!

 

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whole30 crispy baked fish sticks on plate with lemon wedges and tartar sauce

Whole30 Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

  • Author: Ellie
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Fish
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A simple makeover on a childhood favorite! These Whole30 crispy baked fish sticks and tartar sauce are made with real ingredients and so delicious! Made in under 30 minutes, this baked fish stick recipe is sure to please the whole family!


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Ingredients

For the breading:

1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup tapioca flour

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the fish sticks:

2 pounds wild caught Alaskan cod

1 egg

For the tartar sauce:

1/3 cup mayo

1/4 cup chopped pickles

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 pepper


Instructions

Prepare your oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (If you can do convection, preheat to 400 degrees F – convection will make your fish sticks crispier!)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with a neutral cooking oil like avocado.

Prepare your fish sticks. In a shallow bowl, combine all of the breading ingredients. Mix until thoroughly combined. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk egg with a splash of water. Slice cod into sticks, approximately 1/2 inch thick.

Take each fish stick and dip in the egg mixture, allowing excess egg to drip off before placing into the breading. Using a clean hand, coat the fish sticks with the breading and place on your prepared baking sheet. Continue to do this until all fish sticks are coated.

Spray the top of the fish sticks with a neutral cooking oil.

Bake fish for 6 minutes. Flip the fish and bake for another 6 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes to crisp.

Make the tartar sauce. While the fish is cooking, combine all of the tartar sauce ingredients together and mix to combine.

Serve fish sticks with a squeeze of lemon and tartar sauce!


Keywords: fish, fish sticks, whole30, easy dinner

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2 thoughts on “Whole30 Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

  1. Lily

    Fabulous and fish is one best & healthy food for our health and this recipe full of flavor with good nutrients dish….it looks soo crispy & yummy also…Thanks for sharing…….!

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