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Can I freeze fish bites?

Absolutely, you can freeze them. Either before cooking or after cooking, you can freeze them and eat later. If you freeze them cooked you just need to reheat them. If uncooked, you do not need to thaw them before cooking.

Can I make fish bites with salmon?

Sure you can but salmon is already very fatty and making fish bites with it can yield a very heavy dish. However, you can serve it with green salad instead of French fries to make it feel lighter.

Are fish bites considered healthy?

Fish bites are very rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals but the cooking method will be determinant of how healthy they are. Baking them in the oven and making them in the air fryer are the healthiest methods to cook fish bites, also called fish sticks. It is also important to prepare fish bites at home instead of buying ready-to-cook fish bites in the grocery store to avoid the risks arising from processed foods.

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lemon pepper fish bites air fryer recipe

Emine Aslan January 24, 2024
Lemon Pepper Fish Bites Air Fryer Recipe

Summary: Here are the easy and healthy air fryer fish bites. Once you learn how to make fish bites at home, you will no longer need to buy store-bought fish bites, and you will enjoy eating your homemade fish bites with peace in mind.

Tags: Air fryer fish bites

Category:Main dish
Cook Time:8 minutes
Prep Time:20 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 281

Fish bites, fish nuggets, fish sticks, fish fingers… Whatever its name is, fish bites is a dish made with breaded white fish. It is one of the most popular ready-to-cook foods in the frozen section of supermarkets. However, the ones sold in supermarkets are highly processed food and need to be consumed with caution. But now, with the recipe below, you can make fish bites at home and avoid the worries about eating processed food.

As mentioned above, fish bites also have other names, and the name “fish sticks” is the most popular one among those in North America. Are fish bites and fish sticks exactly the same? In terms of recipes and the method of making, they are exactly the same but in reality, fish bites are cut into bite size pieces instead of sticks, or into thinner sticks than fish sticks. This is true also for the recipe below so you can cut the fish filets below however you want, either in bites, or in thin sticks; it will not change the cooking method and the taste.

Let’s move on to the recipe now and learn how to make cod bites! Ooops!!! Cod bites!!! Where did that come from? Yes, you are dead right. This is another name given to fish bites. Many names but the same crispy texture and delicious taste!


  • 2 pounds skinless cod filets, cut into 1-inch strips or into bites

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the air fryer by selecting the “Fish” function and adjusting the timer to 3 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button, it will start warming up.

  2. Add flour to a plate.

  3. Crack egg into a bowl and beat well.

  4. Add breadcrumbs, lemon pepper seasoning, paprika, and salt in a bowl or plate and mix them.

  5. Coat the fish bites in flour, in egg, and generously in breadcrumb mixture, respectively and put them in the rotating basket, if your air fryer has one. If it does not have one, you can also put them in the regular air fryer basket but in this case, you should shake fish bites halfway through cooking.

  6. Open the air fryer, put the fish bites into it, and close the air fryer.

  7. Set the timer to 8 minutes and press the “Start/Pause” button to start frying.

  8. Cook the fish bites until golden brown.

  9. Once cooked, open the air fryer, and transfer fish bites onto a serving platter.

  10. Serve warm with tartar sauce.

  11. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
29.4 grams
3.3 grams
32.6 grams
102 milligrams
264 milligrams
1.6 grams

    You can serve these crispy fish bites along with a tartar sauce and lemon. Any vegetable salad, especially the green salad also goes great with them.