Air-Fried Walleye Fish Sticks give all the childhood nostalgia of fish sticks with the fun of catching them yourself! Walleye definitely lends itself to the nostalgia because of how mild the taste is. Carp fish sticks might not bring back as fond of memories 😂.
I’m a big fan of the air-fryer, but if you just want to use a deep fryer you definitely can! The air-fryer just makes me pretend like what I’m eating is healthy and not just a little less unhealthy lol. You can also use whatever fish you want. You don’t need walleye, but I would lean towards another white fish.
With the air fryer this is a super easy recipe. You do your normal dredging that you would when you fry fish. The only difference is you don’t have to worry about oil temperature you just click a couple of buttons, and the temperature is good to go. A little tartar sauce and coleslaw on the side definitely adds to the meal too!
Another extra diddy I have done in this recipe is give two coating options. One is a simple potato flake coat. I think this gives more of an English Fish & Chips fish stick. The other option is with breadcrumbs. This is what will throw you back into your childhood like someone said: “razor scooter to the ankle” with “Scooby Dooby Doo Where are you” playing faintly in the background.
So throw these bad boys together and let me know how it goes and ENJOY!.
Air-Fried Walleye Fish Sticks
- 6 walleye filets
- Tartar Sauce
First Dredging Pan
- 3 eggs
- 4 T half and half
Second Dredging Pan
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 T garlic powder
- 1 T fresh chopped dill
Third Dredging Pan
- 1 C potato flakes 2 C if only using this
- 1 C hot and spicy bread crumbs 2 C if only using this
- Cut fish filets into desired sizes
- Pat the fish dry.
- Sprinkle with salt to extract more moisture (~30 minutes).
- While you wait make your tarter sauce.
- Set up three pans for dredging.
- For the first pan mix 2 eggs and 3 T of half and half together.
- Mix all of your ingredients from the second dredging pan together.
- In your third pan either place 2C of potato flakes (stir in salt and pepper to taste) or 2C of hot and spicy bread crumbs. You can use both and then just have two pans with 1C of your respective breading in each.
- Get air fryer up to temperature by cooking it at 400°F for 3 minutes with nothing in it.
- Pat fish dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture (this will help the batter stick better).
- Dredge your fish in the flour, then the egg wash, then in the potato flakes or the bread crumbs.
- Spritz your fish with avocado oil.
- Cook at 400°F for 10 minutes than flip and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Take out and enjoy!!