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Fish Sticks with Spicy Tarter Sauce

Fish sticks always brings back childhood memories for me. I think growing up I had them once a week. Usually it was after one of those days that my mother said at least 10 times “wait until your father gets home”. We then knew that frozen fish sticks with store bought tarter sauce was on the menu. We also prayed that our father had to work real late and mom would forget everything we put her through that day. I think we all remember exactly what I am referring to when I say frozen fish sticks. They came from some unknown type of fish or fish like product and were frozen hard as a rock. You would throw them on a baking sheet and into the oven they went. Then in 15-18 minutes you would be enjoying overly breaded fish like substance with bland tarter sauce or ketchup. What was my mother thinking? Well today we are going to throw away everything you know about processed fish sticks and make our own with a spicy tarter sauce. It is really simple and takes almost no time to prep. The first thing you want to do is combine all your ingredients for the spicy tarter sauce. You really want to make the tarter sauce a few hours before making your fish sticks so that the flavors have time to come together. Another note is I added two tablespoons of Sriracha because my family really likes the heat. You can decrease it to one tablespoon or none if your family doesn’t care for as much spice. Once your tarter sauce is made and has time to rest you want to chop your fish into stick shapes of about an inch wide. Now they are not going to be a perfect replica of frozen fish sticks but I think that is the point. I used rock fish but you could also use cod or halibut. Once the fish is cut sprinkle lightly with S&P. I will admit that I am not the cleanest of cooks. Sometimes I make to big of a mess in the kitchen, especially when I am frying something. One thing that has really helped with the amount of mess is a dredging station. Get your beaten eggs with water in a bowl, seasoned flour in another and Panko bread crumbs in one more. I like working from left to right so I will grab a fish stick, place into the flour and lightly cover the fish, then dip into the egg and lastly into the bread crumbs. Set the breaded fish aside.
Next you are going to heat some oil in your pan over medium high heat and once heated cook the fish sticks for about three minutes per side. The fish will not take very long to cook. You also want to cook the fish in batches and not overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding will cause the oil to cool down and could cause your fish to be way too greasy.

Spicy Tarter Sauce


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup dill pickle diced
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • S&P to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix by hand or use an immersion blender

Fish Sticks


  • 1 pound firm white fish seasoned with S&P cut into 1 inch strips
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • oil for frying
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water add to egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt add to flour
  • 1 teaspoon pepper add to flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder add to flour


  1. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to flour. 

  2. Add egg and water to a separate bowl and beat

  3. Set up dredging station with flour, egg and Panko bread crumbs

  4. Dredge fish in flour, then dip in egg and cover in Panko. 

  5. Heat oil to medium high heat and once heated cook fish sticks until golden brown about 3 minutes per side

  6. Serve with spicy tarter sauce and enjoy

These fish sticks are really that easy to make. The key points to remember is to adjust the spicy tarter sauce to your taste, set up your dredging station and do not overcrowd your pan. I hope you enjoy these as much as my family did… I still thing one of the teenagers took one of my fish sticks but they would never confess to it. As always thanks for stopping by Life44… Live, laugh, love & learn. Please help support our website. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.