Easy Crispy Salmon Fish Sticks

Fish Sticks. I used to hate fish sticks so much. Seriously though. The boxed fish sticks from my childhood ruined my appetite for fish sticks for so long until I had a good quality basket of Fish and Chips. I then realized, wow. Fish sticks can be delicious!! Fish and chips are one of my favorite things to order at seafood restaurants to date. I love it so much I decided to create these Easy Crispy Salmon Fish Sticks.

Easy Crispy Salmon Fish Sticks

Here is a healthier take on fish sticks made simply and deliciously! This dish is something I started making for my kiddos when they were younger and something that I still whip up for them regularly. Not only do my kiddos love them, so do Clayton and I! I mean, what is not to love about crispy pan-fried salmon?!

I love these “fish sticks” because they use minimal ingredients and do not require any fancy breading. It’s just simply tossed in an egg wash, then coated in panko. Any panko will do here, but I opt to use Ian’s gluten-free panko. I’ve tried a few grain-free variations and while they are still good, they just don’t get crispy like this original panko coated salmon stick. When I’ve made the grain-free ones they immediately ask me why they aren’t crunchy. So yeah, that’s why we are just keeping with the original recipe. It doesn’t need to be tampered with 😉

Easy Crispy Salmon Fish Sticks

You can whip these Easy Crispy Salmon Fish Sticks up in just 20 minutes and have dinner on the table in no time. My kids prefer theirs with ketchup (we use Primal Kitchen’s No Sugar Ketchup) and Clayton and I love eating ours with my Whole30 tartar sauce! Yum!

Easy Crispy Salmon Sticks

Serves: 4 people
4.72 from 7 votes
Total Time20 mins


  • 1.5 lbs salmon (skinless) at least 1 inch thick
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs I use Ian's GF Panko
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil


  • Cut salmon into approximately 1.5 inch wide strips. If your salmon is really wide, you may need to cut some of the longer strips in half again, crosswise, to create smaller sticks. 
  • Pat dry the salmon strips and then season generously all over with the kosher salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, whisk the egg and the water until well combined and frothy. In a separate bowl, place the panko breadcrumbs. 
  • Using one hand, individually dip each salmon stick into the egg wash and roll to coat evenly. Shake off excess. Using your other hand, roll the salmon into the panko to coat all over. Set aside on a clean plate and continue until all of the salmon is breaded. (I like to use separate hands to prevent too much caking and to make it easier to work with).
  • Heat oil a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. When very hot but not yet smoking, gently lay the salmon sticks in the oil and cook on each side until golden brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer cooked salmon sticks to a paper-towel lined plate. 
  • Serve salmon sticks with dipping sauce of your choice and enjoy!
Author: Alex Snodgrass


  • Reply
    August 16, 2021 at 12:29 am

    How do you suggest reheating leftover fish sticks? I know you recommend the air fryer but for how long?

    Also, this was {chef’s kiss}. And so easy too! Thank you!

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      August 17, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      So glad you loved it!!! Yes, I do 375 on my airfryer for about 4 minutes, until just reheated!

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    August 10, 2021 at 3:42 am

    These looks amazing! Think they would work in an air fryer versus pan fried?

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      August 10, 2021 at 11:51 am

      Hi Jane,
      Yes! they do work in the air fryer. I do prefer to fry them in the skillet– then use the air fryer for reheating leftovers. But they do work in the Air fryer!

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    August 10, 2021 at 12:36 am

    5 stars
    SO GOOD! Definitely adding this to the dinner rotation !

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    June 24, 2021 at 1:12 am

    5 stars
    These are SOOOO easy and both my kids love them every time! They are easy to serve over a salad for adults too 🙂

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    January 31, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    What could you use as an egg substitute for this recipe!? My son has an egg allergy!

    • Reply
      February 1, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      So i haven’t yet tried any of these options– however, I find this article that may be helpful!

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      March 14, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      We always use vegan Mayo instead! Works great!

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      August 11, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      5 stars
      Alex, I’ve never had my family NOT like one of your recipes, including this one! My kids saw salmon as we were unloading groceries and started throwing a fit till I told them it was for your fish sticks, they started cheering!! I’ve used cracker crumbs instead of panko in a pinch and it works great too! Thank you for yet another delicious recipe!

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    Her mama
    January 22, 2021 at 1:21 am

    5 stars
    I never leave reviews but this was super delicious!!!! It was really easy to make. The crunch was amazing.

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    Kelly Spears
    December 30, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    5 stars
    We all love these! My picky 2 & 4 year olds devour them every time.

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    November 13, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    4 stars
    My sticks came apart during cooking. I’m not sure if the pieces were too big or the pan wasn’t hot enough. I also didn’t get them quite as breaded as you did in your picture. I had a LOT of Pablo left over. That being said, they’re still really yummy. Any ideas on how I could fix those problems for next time?

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      June 1, 2021 at 9:03 pm

      once you put the fish sticks in there at mid temp, let them do their thing for atleast 3 minutes . do not touch

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    October 22, 2020 at 4:29 am

    4 stars
    Just made these with some sweet potato fries and my two year old loved them. I found out he liked fish sticks after trying his cousin’s from the box, so I wanted a healthy alternative. Salmon is one of the few types of fish we eat frequently, so this was perfect. They turned out breaded and crispy just like the frozen ones.

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      October 22, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Happy you and the kiddo loved them!! xo

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    Kaitlin K
    October 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!! 🙂 If you happen to add them to your list of things to make a demo video of, I wouldn’t be upset either… your demo videos are such a lifesaver for me!

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    Jacky Trevino
    October 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    I usually don’t enjoy eating salmon as I find the taste very strong… I hadn’t been able to find a good recipe that I like with salmon… Now, this are delicious! And so easy to make! My 2 year old like them too! And my picky husband… He said he gave it 8 stars out of 10, which is a lot for him! Thanks!

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