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Crispy Keto Air Fryer Fish Sticks

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Tender white fish wrapped in a delicious crispy coating…and only 2 net carbs per serving! These Keto Air Fryer Fish Sticks are a favorite with the whole family!

crispy keto air fryer fish sticks on plate with cocktail sauce

Keto Fish Sticks 

Fish sticks are one of those foods that take me back to my childhood! There’s something so comforting about them!

I haven’t been able to enjoy them for a while, until this recipe for keto fish sticks! Now, hear me out, because I know that probably doesn’t sound like it will taste good…

But these low carb fish sticks have a perfectly crispy coating thanks to cooking them in an Air Fryer! They’re also super moist and tender on the inside – absolutely delicious!

So forget about frozen fish sticks or copycat keto recipes that are blah and not crispy enough. You’re going to love these! And the kids will too so you don’t have to cook them a separate meal!

Win win!

Related: Click here to see all of our favorite Keto Air Fryer Recipes!

Are Fish Sticks Low Carb?

Normal fish sticks definitely are not low carb. That’s because the coating is often made from bread crumbs, which is high in refined carbohydrates.

For our low carb version, we used an almond flour base, which crisps up well and slashes the carb count drastically!

Another reason I love this recipe is that it is only 5 ingredients, plus a little salt and pepper! Real food, no additives!

Why I Love this Recipe:

  • Only 2g carbs per serving!
  • Tastes just like real fried fish sticks, without all the grease and carbs!
  • Kids love them too!

low carb fish sticks on black plate

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What You Need to Make Keto Fish Sticks:

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keto fish sticks on plate with dipping sauce

How to Cook Fish Sticks in an Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 350°F.

Prep three shallow bowls with one of the following ingredients in each bowl:

  1. Almond flour
  2. Beaten egg
  3. Crushed pork rinds

Cut your fish into strips that are thin enough to easily bite through, but thick enough to hold their shape.

cutting tilapia into strips for frying

Season with Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Dip the fish sticks first into the almond flour:

dipping fish sticks in almond flour coating

Then into the beaten egg:

dredging fish sticks in egg bath

Lastly, dredge them in the crushed pork rinds, carefully so that the coating stays in place.

fish sticks on plate ready to fry

Arrange the coated fish sticks in the heated air fryer, making sure they don’t touch. Cook for 12-15 minutes until golden brown on the outside and cooked through on the inside.

fried fish sticks on wire rack

Serve with keto-friendly cocktail sauce or tartar sauce. Enjoy!

Why is my fish sticking to the air fryer?

There are a couple reasons why fish sticks to the air fryer basket, but they can be easily fixed!

  1. The air fryer basket needs seasoned. Instead of using non-stick sprays (which can damage the basket over time), all you need is coconut oil and paper towels! There is a handy tutorial about this from This Old Gal.
  2. Give your air fryer basket a gentle shake halfway through the cooking process to prevent “sticks” from forming in the first place.

fish sticks on black plate with cocktail sauce

Keto Air Fried Fish Sticks Recipe (Printable Copy)

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Keto Air Fryer Fish Sticks

Tender white fish wrapped in a delicious crispy coating...and only 2 net carbs per serving! These Keto Air Fryer Fish Sticks are a favorite with the whole family!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, fish, keto, low carb, seafood
Servings: 4
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Lindsey Schatz
Cost: $8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Tilapia or other white fish
  • ½ cup Almond flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 ounces Pork rinds crushed into crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F.
  • Place the almond flour in one shallow bowl or plate, the crushed pork rind crumbs in another, and a beaten egg into a third.
  • Cut your tilapia filet(s) into smaller strips, sized and shaped like fish sticks.
  • Sprinkle the fish sticks with Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper - to taste.
  • Dip the seasoned fish sticks into the bowl almond flour and roll to coat. Next, dip the fish sticks into the egg (carefully, so the almond flour stays in place as much as possible). Lastly, dredge them in the pork rind crumbs.
  • Place the fish sticks into the heated air fryer, and cook for 12-15 minutes. They should be golden brown and crispy on the outside and cooked through.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

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