A plate of fried cod fish with one piece broken in half.

Fried Cod Fish Sticks are crispy on the outside and so flaky and delicious on the inside! Pieces of cod fish are dipped in an egg batter and then in a gluten free and low carb, keto friendly almond flour and parmesan cheese coating. A touch of Cajun seasoning made these homemade crispy fish sticks the perfect touch of spice.

Fried Cod Fish Sticks are great served with a side of homemade tartar sauce or cocktail sauce or homemade french fries. They are a perfect lunch or dinner option for the family.

Crispy and Browned pieces of Fried Cod Fish Sticks on a plate with a bowl of mango salsa in the back ground

Cod Fish Is Great For Frying

Cod fish is a mild, firm, white fish that will hold up well to frying. It is high in protein, loaded with B vitamins and minerals and is lower in mercury than most fish which is a bonus.

It is a great fish to have on a menu rotation and there are many ways to enjoy fresh Cod. These Cajun flavored fried cod fish sticks are one of our newer ways. Not only are they gluten free, low carb, and Keto friendly, they are also easy to make and are ready in just 30 minutes. 

Raw cod fish on cutting board cut into 1x2 inch sticks with almond flour coating and egg wash in accompanying bowls.

What You Need To Make Fried Cod Fish

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Cod Fish, I like to use the thicker end of the fist and cut it into 2″ long pieces. 

Eggs are used to coat the outside of the fish and helps create a layer between the fish and the batter. 

Almond Flour, I used finely ground almond flour for this recipe.

Parmesan cheese was added to the almond flour and helps to make a crispy crust.

Old Bay seasoning adds a flavor and a tiny touch of heat to the crumb coating.

Deep Skillet for frying the fish. I shallow fry, so a frying pan that has tall sides is best.

Slotted frying spoon to remove and turn the fish over in the skillet.

Dipping the fish stick into the almond flour breading

Tips for making Keto Cod Fish Sticks

  • Use codfish or any firm white fish that you like. Halibut is another fish I have made in this manner. As well as fresh-caught fish such as perch.
  • If you like a thick crust around the fish, you can do the  “double-dip” by dipping in eggs wash and almond flour mixture twice (starting with egg wash). 
  • Use sunflower oil if you have it. If not, then use any high heat oil you have on hand. Sunflower oil is a keto-friendly oil and has a high smoke point which is why I use it in this recipe. It is also more affordable than other keto-friendly oils.
  • Prepare all the fish sticks before frying. Dipping them and laying out on a foil lined baking sheet so each is ready to fry as you move cooked ones from the skillet. 
  • Be sure to line a bowl with a double thickness of paper towels and allow the fish to drain once it is removed from the skillet.
Breaded cod Fish sticks on foil lined sheet ready to fry or bake.

To Bake Or Air Fry Cod Fish Sticks

Many people have asked me if baking or air frying the fish sticks would work. My response is, I have not tried it. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t. I just can’t promise they will look like the photos here. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t taste great!

BAKING: I suggest you line a baking sheet with foil and spray with coconut or avocado oil. Then, lay the fish stick on the baking sheet, keeping them a good distance apart. Bake them for 15-20 minutes, turning once, at 350 degrees F, or until they look browned and the fish flakes.

AIR FRYER: I place the fish sticks in the air fryer basket leaving space between them. Spray the tops of the fish sticks with coconut or avocado oil spray. Set for 10 minutes, then check for color and if fish will flake when breaking a piece off. Cook longer if it is not quite ready yet.

Serving suggestion: Fried Cod Fish in a lettuce wrap with mango salsa.
There are many ways to enjoy this recipe, one being in a lettuce leaf taco with some mango salsa! Find the recipe for Cod Fish Tacos on Grumpy’s Honeybunch!

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Use panko or bread crumbs for the coating (this is if you are not low carb, keto, or gluten free)
  • Substitute cajun seasoning for the old bay seasoning.
  • Use 1/2 cup of buttermilk in place of the egg for the wet dip.
  • Substitute ground pork rinds for the almond flour.
  • Substitute grated pecorino romano cheese for the parmesan. If you do this, know that the change in cheese can add more salt flavor to the recipe.
Fish sizzling in skillet of oil

What To Serve with Fried Cod Fish Sticks

I love to serve these fried cod fish sticks with a side of tarter sauce as well as cocktail sauce. But what else do you serve with fried fish other than french fries? Below are some recipes that I think go great with fried cod fish sticks.

BLT Pasta Salad

Broccoli Salad (keto friendly)

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Keto Potato Salad

Macaroni Salad with Tuna and Peas

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese

A plate of cooked fish with one piece broken in half.

Other Fish Recipes You May Like

Beer Batter Fish Sliders

Cod Fish Tacos

Greek Salmon Salad 

Salmon Sushi Rolls 

Skillet Cod with Cilantro Lime Butter

Tuna Crescent Braid

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Crispy and Browned pieces of Fried Cod Fish Sticks on a plate with a bowl of mango salsa in the back ground

Fried Cod Fish Sticks

Shelby Law Ruttan
This gluten free, low-carb and keto friendly recipe for Fried Cod Fish sticks has a delicious and spicy breaded exterior and that holds up well to shallow pan frying.
4.76 from 25 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 447 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Cut the cod fillet into 2 inch long pieces, about 1 to 1-1/2 inch thick.
  • In a small bowl, whisk 1 large egg. Set aside.
  • In another small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup dry grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning (if using), 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper.
  • Pour oil in a deep skillet until it is about 1-1/2 to 2 inches deep. Turn heat on medium-high to preheat.
  • While oil is heating, dip cod fish sticks in egg wash, then dip in almond flour mixture.
  • Set breaded fish stick on a foil lined cookie sheet until oil is ready for frying.
  • Once oil is hot (at least 350 degrees, or when it sizzles when placing a test piece of breaded fish in the pan), add fish sticks to oil and cook 2-3 minutes on each side, until well browned.
  • Remove fried fish sticks from hot oil and place on paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Serve with tartar sauce or salsa if desired.

Notes

Tips for making Keto Cod Fish Sticks

  • Use codfish or any firm white fish that you like. Halibut is another fish I have made in this manner. As well as fresh-caught fish such as perch.
  • If you like a thick crust around the fish, you can do the  “double-dip” by dipping in eggs wash and almond flour mixture twice (starting with egg wash). 
  • Use sunflower oil if you have it. If not, then use any high heat oil you have on hand. Sunflower oil is a keto-friendly oil and has a high smoke point which is why I use it in this recipe. It is also more affordable than other keto-friendly oils.
  • Prepare all the fish sticks before frying. Dipping them and laying out on a foil lined baking sheet so each is ready to fry as you move cooked ones from the skillet. 
  • Be sure to line a bowl with a double thickness of paper towels and allow the fish to drain once it is removed from the skillet.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Use panko or bread crumbs for the coating (this is if you are not low carb, keto, or gluten free)
  • Substitute cajun seasoning for the old bay seasoning.
  • Use 1/2 cup of buttermilk in place of the egg for the wet dip.
  • Substitute ground pork rinds for the almond flour.
  • Substitute grated pecorino romano cheese for the parmesan. If you do this, know that the change in cheese can add more salt flavor to the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 4peopleCalories: 447kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 26gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 422mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 144IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Fried Cod Fish, Fried Cod Fish Sticks, Keto Fish Sticks
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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Honeybunch Hunts is a website dedicated to Hunting, Homesteading and Harvesting. Written by Shelby Law Ruttan, author and owner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, she (Honeybunch) and Phil (Grumpy) have come together in a joint effort to share their knowledge and experience from the woods, to the garden, to the table.

21 Comments

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  4. Jen Henrick October 22, 2019 at 2:39 am - Reply

    5 stars
    These were absolutely delicious! The best fried fish ever! Way nicer than the traditional method.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan October 22, 2019 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Hi Jen, thank you so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

    • Veronica February 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Can you sub the sunflower oil for coconut oil or will that taste weird

      • Shelby Law Ruttan February 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm - Reply

        I have not used sunflower oil in frying so I can’t say how it would work. As long as the sunflower oil is refined and has a high smoke point, it should be safe to fry. As for taste, I can’t comment as I have no experience with it.

  5. Anonymous October 22, 2019 at 10:24 am - Reply

    5

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  7. Jennyb April 6, 2020 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Shelby, have you tried these baked in the oven instead frying in oil? I want to try this recipe. It looks delicious.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan April 9, 2020 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Jenny, Sorry I am just seeing your question. I have not tried baking them, but I suggest if you do, spray them with some cooking spray first to help coat with a little oil before baking. These are firm when fried in the skillet. I’m not sure how “crisp” or firm the fish sticks would be baking, but I’m sure they would still be delicious. If you try it, please let me know how it turned out! Thanks! Shelby

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  9. Sharon April 12, 2020 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Do you do other Keto recipes?

    • Shelby Law Ruttan April 13, 2020 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Hi Sharon, yes I do keto recipes here on Honeybunch Hunts and on Grumpy’s Honeybunch. If your looking for keto recipes, just type keto in the search bar and you should find them. Thanks for stopping by! Shelby

  10. Anonymous April 14, 2020 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    4.5

  11. Dan April 20, 2020 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    under the tips section you write: “ Be sure to “double-dip” the fish when adding the batter” but then in the directions you write: “ You should not need to do a double-dip.” Can you please clarify? Thanks.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan April 21, 2020 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Dan, I’m not sure where you see that I say you should not need to do a double-dip. I read my recipe over several times to try and find what you indicated, but it is not indicated anywhere in the recipe that you should not need to do a double-dip.

      • Sas April 26, 2020 at 12:19 am - Reply

        Hi, I see that too and was wondering about that… it’s above the picture of the fish when breading…. looks tasty though!

        • Shelby Law Ruttan April 30, 2020 at 8:46 am - Reply

          Thanks for clearing that up for me! I do the double dip – Its probably not necessary, but I do so to make sure the breading is thick and sturdy. We like our fish sticks to be sturdy enough to dip into tartar sauce. 🙂

  12. Kim March 28, 2021 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Hi could you use smoked cod for this recipe please?

    • Shelby Law Ruttan March 29, 2021 at 8:18 am - Reply

      I have not used smoked cod. It is an already cooked fish (it cooks during the smoking process), so I’m not sure i would try it here either.

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