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These Fried Cod Fish Sticks are crispy on the outside and so flaky and delicious on the inside! The almond flour and parmesan cheese made a perfect breading for the fish and the cajun seasoning gave it a nice hit of spice.

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

If you are looking for a fish fry that you won’t feel guilty about, then these Fried Cod Fish Sticks are just the ticket! We absolutely love Cod and I am always trying to think of ways to serve it. However, our very favorite way is fried with a side of tartar sauce and maybe sprinkled with a little apple cider vinegar for some more tang!

The origin of this recipe

I first started making homemade Cod Fish Sticks back in 2010. Back then, I would dip them in beer batter and deep fry them. My first recipe I ever shared for the Fried Cod Fish was over on Grumpy’s Honeybunch. I made Cod Fish Tacos with Spicy Mango Salsa. And, after that first bite, I was completely enamored with Cod in a taco!

Since then, I have found many ways to enjoy fresh Cod. These Cajun flavored fish sticks are one of our newer ways. Not only are they low carb and Keto friendly, but they are also easy to make and are ready in just 30 minutes. They are delicious with a side of oven-roasted asparagus and a little tartar sauce!

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!

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.
  • Be sure to “double-dip” the fish when adding the batter. This will help it to adhere better and help keep the fish sticks firm.
  • 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.

Baking or Air Frying this recipe

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 at 350 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.

How to make these fish sticks

Let’s make some delicious breaded and fried fresh cod! First, you will cut your cod fillet into 1 inch thick and 2 inch long sticks.

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

Heat your oil, and coat your fish sticks. While your oil is heating, you can coat your fish sticks. Start with the egg wash, then dip into the almond flour coating.

Dipping the fish stick into the almond flour breading

As you add the breading your fish sticks, lay them out on a foil-lined sheet, until all sticks have been coated.

Breaded Fish on foil lined sheet ready to fry.

When your oil is hot enough, place breaded fish sticks in oil and fry until browned on all sides.

Fish sizzling in skillet of oil

When your Fried Cod Fish Sticks are crispy and browned, remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels.

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

A good knife is essential for cutting. I like to use my Anolon Utility Knife when cutting my Cod Fillets. It is sharp and easy to handle and probably my very favorite knife in the kitchen!

What to serve with Fried Cod Fish Sticks

We always serve our Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe with this Fried Cod Fish Stick recipe. A great side to go with this fish recipe would be this recipe for Garlic Mashed Cauliflower with Browned Butter. Or, if you’re not watching your carbs, this Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing would be a great match!

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A plate of fried fish with one piece broken in two
Yield: 4 people

Fried Cod Fish Sticks

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This 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.

Instructions

  1. Cut cod fillet into 2 inch long pieces, about 1 to 1-1/2 inch thick.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk 1 large egg. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour oil in a deep skillet until it is about 1-1/2 to 2 inches deep. Turn heat on medium-high to preheat.
  5. While oil is heating, dip cod fish sticks in egg wash, then dip in almond flour mixture.
  6. Set breaded fish stick on a foil lined cookie sheet until oil is ready for frying.
  7. 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.
  8. Remove fried fish sticks from hot oil and place on paper towel lined plate to drain.
  9. Serve with tartar sauce or salsa if desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

4 people

Amount Per Serving Calories 435Saturated Fat 5gCholesterol 112mgSodium 564mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 30g