Tartar Sauce-Battered Fish Sticks in the Air Fryer


Homemade crispy fish sticks in an air fryer. Unlike most air fryer recipes, this one does not require cooking spray or flipping halfway through cook time. An added bonus is that you don't need dipping sauce, because it is already in the batter.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • ¾ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish

  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®)

  • 1 pound cod fillets, cut into 1x3-inch sticks

  • 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs


  1. Combine mayonnaise, relish, and seafood seasoning in a large bowl. Add fish and gently stir to coat.

  2. Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Place bread crumbs on a plate. Coat each fish stick in bread crumbs 1 at a time.

  4. Place fish sticks in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer, making sure none are touching. Cook for 12 minutes. Remove the basket and let rest for 1 minute before transferring fish sticks to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining fish sticks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

401 Calories
34g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 401
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 634mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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