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Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

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Say goodbye to frozen fish sticks and say hello to a new and improved version of a childhood favorite…my Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks!

Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

I remember growing up and smelling the aroma of fish sticks in the oven and I would always get excited! My mom would make them on days when she probably didn’t feel like cooking, but I would always appreciate those days just because of those fish sticks.

As I got older I shied away from frozen foods, and now I have the pleasure of making those frozen dinner ideas in a fresh new way. A good friend of mine, that I share the same first name with, caught a bunch of red snapper and decided to share some of it with me. So I had to do something different with it!

Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

Making Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks:

  • Using red snapper really enhanced the flavor of this recipe versus using the typical Pollock fish that is used in traditional store bought frozen fish sticks.
  • I added more texture and flavor by using Italian breadcrumbs and seasoned flour.
  • By double coating the fish with flour and breadcrumbs it helped to maximize the crispy texture.

Dipping fish sticks

If you are looking for a good dinner idea (that the kids will enjoy as well) give this Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks a try!

Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

  • Author: Eric
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Say goodbye to frozen fish sticks and say hello to a new and improved version of a childhood favorite…my Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks!



  • 1 lb Fresh Red Snapper
  • 2 Large Organic Eggs
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 11/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Cilantro Flakes
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Creole Seasoning


  1. Begin by cutting the red snapper into small rectangular shaped pieces then add to a large bowl.
  2. Pre-heat cooking pan to medium/high heat and add cooking oil.
  3. Season fish with sea salt, black pepper and Creole Seasoning then mix together with hands. Coat fish with 1/4 cup of flour.
  4. In a large bowl, add eggs and heavy whipping cream and whisk until smooth.
  5. You will need 2 large zip lock bags. In one large zip lock bag add 1 cup flour, garlic powder and cilantro flakes and in the second bag add panko breadcrumbs and Italian breadcrumbs.
  6. Coat fish in egg mixture the add fish to the flour bag. Coat evenly.
  7. Add fish back into the egg mixture then add into the breadcrumb bag. Coat evenly.
  8. Cook each piece of fish for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Serve hot.


Be aware of bones in the fish as you are cutting your red snapper into fish sticks. There is line of bones that starts in the center of a fillet and goes about half way down. You’ll want to use the fish around the bone for this recipe.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 353
  • Fat: 5.1g

Keywords: fish sticks, fried fish, red snapper fish sticks, fried red snapper, fried fish sticks


  1. I’ve always loved fish sticks and I have to confess I had quite a few of the store bought version growing up 🙂 . Those look so crispy and delicious. Beautiful batter!

  2. I love your blog and your photography is super! Fried fish is always a good idea. I don’t think of this for dinner enough but I should.

  3. I’ve had a hankering for fried fish lately and this is only making me crave it more! Gorgeous crispy crust on your fish…this looks so good and sounds fantastic! 😀

  4. Eric, that looks like some dang tasty fish! This would certainly kick any frozen fish stick or fish finger right out of the water. Oh and my background is Mauritius (and Mauritians speak Creole) so it’s interesting to Creole seasoning. I wonder what it’s like. Any great wor Eric, keep it up (:

  5. These look so perfectly crispy! I love red snapper, but never tried to make it into fish sticks. These fish sticks have just the right amount of seasoning I can’t wait to try them.

  6. These look so crispy!!! Love the double coating for extra crispiness! Also, I would take this version of fish sticks over any shop-bought ones, anytime! Great job!

  7. I love red snapper, but I’ve never actually bought it and made it at home. I really like that you use snapper to make these fish sticks! What a great twist on the traditional. I don’t have easy access to fresh seafood, but next time I do, I’m definitely buying some snapper

    • This is a good try for me Karyl. I friend of mine caught a few pounds so I wanted to do something different and they came out great. Thanks!

  8. I am such a huge fish stick person. It taps into that inner kid. These look delicious and easy eat!

  9. I’ve never used red snapper in fish sticks, or made my own fish sticks for that matter, but these look so delicious! I’m sure if I make these I’ll never be able to go back to the store bought kind!

  10. These fish sticks look sooo good! Crispy on the outside tender and delicious on the inside… fish stick perfection!

  11. Okay, now THESE are fish sticks! If these were on the kid’s menu, I’d insist on it despite my age! 🙂

  12. Yes!! This is the perfect recipe for fish sticks! Crispy, tender and packed with flavor.. love the spices you use and that you showed how easy these are to make at home. Fantastic!

  13. Elizabeth stetler

    I made these fish sticks using red snapper–whoa!!!!! Delicious!
    It was a chore, but the results were poof!!! So good and yeah worth the effort– thank you for the recipe

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