Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

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! This fried fish sticks recipe is a fresh and flavorful snack or meal idea that anyone — especially your kids — will enjoy!

Overhead shot of Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks with dip on the side

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. I’m sure I’m not the only one who grew up on frozen 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, who 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! This is one red snapper recipe you’ll want to bookmark.

Overhead shot of Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

How to Make Red Snapper Fish Sticks:

Begin by cutting the red snapper into small rectangular-shaped pieces. 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. But that’s the great part about this recipe – any firm white fish will work (for example, cod).

After you’ve seasoned your red snapper and dusted the pieces with flour, you can place them to the side to work on the batter.

Adding flour to red snapper before frying

First, combine your eggs and heavy whipping cream. Grab two large zip lock bags. One bag will hold a mixture of flour, garlic powder, and cilantro flakes. The second bag will contain the panko breadcrumbs and Italian breadcrumbs.

The two types of breadcrumbs add a bit more flavor. Plus, double coating the fish with flour and breadcrumbs helps to maximize the crispy texture.

Frying red snapper

Place the red snapper in the egg mixture, then to the first bag of flour. Add the fish back into the egg mixture, and then to the breadcrumb bag. Cook each piece of fish for 3 to 4 minutes on each side and they are ready to serve!

Dipping fried fish in dipping sauce

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!

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Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

Crispy Fried Red Snapper Fish Sticks

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  • Author: Eric
  • 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!


Units Scale
  • 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 (paid link) 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.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 353
  • Fat: 5.1g

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  1. Margo Moore says:

    These were featured on the children’s menu at Fisherman’s Wharf—somewhere along the Tamiami Trail—in Florida, in the 1950’s-60’s. It was the only fish I had ever liked. They also served Manhatten clam chowder.
    Glad somebody came up with a recipe for them!

    1. Eric Jones says:

      Thanks Margo! I really appreciate it.

  2. Elizabeth stetler says:

    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

    1. Eric Jones says:

      A little work, a lot of gain! So glad you enjoyed it, Elizabeth!

  3. 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!

    1. Thanks Heather! I appreciate it.

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

    1. Lol I completely agree Leslie!

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

  6. 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!

    1. Thanks Claire. I think you would enjoy these!

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

    1. This definitely taps into the inner kid lol. Thanks Nicole!

  8. 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

    1. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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 (:

    1. Thanks a lot Nicolas I truly appreciate it!

  12. 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! 😀

  13. 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.

    1. Thanks a lot Kristen. My wife does an awesome job making the things I cook look good enough to eat lol.

  14. 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!

    1. Thanks a lot Nicoletta I appreciate it!