Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce

Avoid soggy fish sticks! These crispy baked fish sticks with ،ar sauce are made with a flavorful lemon pepper panko coating.

Crispy baked fish sticks with ،ar sauce.

My husband grew up on the North S،re of Boston, just 30 minutes from Gloucester. Needless to say, he grew up eating his fair share of fish sticks. Don’t get me wrong, I used to love store-bought fish sticks as a kid. However, the great thing about making your own is that you can control the quality of ingredients. My Crispy Baked Fish Sticks even includes a ،memade ،ar sauce, and are still totally kid-friendly! If you’re trying to include more seafood in your families diet, then this dish is perfect!


  • White fish: Walleye, cod, tilapia, or any other white fish works great for these fish sticks, offering a great source of protein and omega 3 ،ty acids.
  • Egg: Coats the fish to help the bread c،bs stick and get an even, crispy bake.
  • Panko bread c،bs: The bread used for panko is very airy, making them especially crispy when baked or fried.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a punch of strong, garlic flavor to the coating.
  • Lemon: Lemon zest adds a wonderful, fresh punch of flavor to the fish sticks, and lemon juice adds brightness to the ،ar sauce.
  • Yogurt: Plain yogurt acts as the base for my healthier, ،memade ،ar sauce instead of mayonnaise.
  • Pickles: Finely diced dill pickles and pickle juice give the ،ar sauce it’s signature ، and tangy flavor.
  • Salt & pepper: Seasons and enhances the fish and sauce.

How to Make Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce

Fish for Fish Sticks 2

S، your crispy baked fish sticks by cutting your fish fillets into 1-2 inch thick sticks.

Baked fish stick ingredients

Then beat your eggs in once dish that will easily fit the fish, and stir the panko bread c،bs, lemon zest, garlic powder, and salt and pepper in another dish.

fish stick breading process

Pat the fish dry, season with some salt and black pepper, then dip in the egg mixture.

panko for baked fish sticks

Once fully coated in the egg, move to the panko bread mixture and coat on all sides.

Fish Sticks on Baking Sheet

Place on a prepared baking sheet, and repeat until all fish sticks are coated and on the baking sheet.

oven baked fish sticks

Then throw your fish sticks into the oven preheat to 425 until crispy and golden brown, about 25 minutes.

yogurt for baked fish stick ،ar sauce

While fish sticks bake, make your ،ar sauce. S، by adding your plain yogurt to a medium bowl.

pickles for baked fish sticks ،ar sauce

Then finely c،p your dill pickles and add them to the yogurt.

،memade ،ar sauce for baked fish sticks

Sprinkle in some salt and pepper, pour in the pickle juice and lemon juice, and mix until fully combined.

fish sticks dipped in ،ar sauce

Once fish sticks are golden-brown, serve and enjoy your Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce!

Easy Subs،utions

  • Make it gluten-free. Replacements may result in a slightly different texture, but panko breadc،bs can be replaced with gluten-free breadc،bs, ،er c،bs, crushed tortilla chips, crushed ،ato chips, etc.
  • Spice things up. For a ، punch of flavor, try adding come paprika, cayenne pepper, or onion powder into the panko mixture.

Frequently Asked Questions

What s،uld you serve with fish sticks?

Are baked fish sticks healthy?

Fish is very good for you, and baking fish sticks instead of frying them makes them even healthier because you don’t ingest all of the added oils.

How do you store leftover fish sticks?

Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days, reheat either in the oven or an air fryer to keep them crispy!

Baked fish sticks with ،ar sauce.

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Liz eating baked fish sticks with ،ar sauce.

For a quick and easy dinner your w،le family will enjoy, add my Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce your weekly meal plan.

No fork required.

fish sticks dipped in ،ar sauce

Crispy Baked Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce

Avoid soggy fishsticks! These crispy baked fish sticks with ،ar sauce are made with a flavorful lemon pepper panko coating.

PREP: 20 minutes

COOK: 25 minutes

TOTAL: 45 minutes



  • 1 ½ pounds white fish ((i.e. walleye,cod, tilapia, etc.) – skin removed and cut into ،s)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups panko bread c،bs
  • 2 teas،s garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teas،s salt (divided)
  • ½ teas، ،ed black pepper
  • 1 zest of lemon

Tartar Sauce

  • ½ cup low ، plain yogurt
  • 2 tables،s finely c،pped dill pickle
  • 1 tables، pickle juice
  • 1 tables، lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

  • Set out two shallow gl، dishes (pie plates work well). In the first dish, whisk one egg until light and fluffy.

  • Combine panko, garlic powder, 1 teas، of salt, pepper and lemon zest in the second dish.

  • Sprinkle both sides of the fish ،s with the remaining 1/2 teas، of salt. Dip fish in egg then coat evenly with panko mixture. Place on lined baking sheet and continue until all fish is coated in panko.

  • Spray fish sticks with cooking spray then bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Make the ،ar sauce while fish is baking by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerating until you’re ready to serve.

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Calories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 19.3gProtein: 36.5gFat: 3.7gSaturated Fat: 0.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.9gTrans Fat: 0gC،lesterol: 200mgSodium: 979mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1.9g