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Crispy Cornflake Fish Sticks

Crispy Cornflake Fish Sticks with an easy gluten free option too! Oven baked, not fried! Kids of all ages will love these crispy dippable fish fingers. They also make incredibly tasty fish finger sandwiches!

Cornflake fish sticks stacked on a white serving platter

Crispy Cornflake Fish Sticks

Here’s a very simple recipe that my kids loved growing up. It also reminds me of my mom.

The inspiration for these fish fingers comes from another recipe altogether. It’s none other than our now famous version of Easy 30 Minute Chicken Parmesan!

Easy 30 Minute Chicken Parmesan close up photo

Easy 30 Minute Chicken Parmesan

That chicken parmesan was one that my mother always made and that we loved as kids. It uses crushed cornflakes, and using regular bread crumbs almost seems weird to me now because we have made that recipe so many times.

My son still regularly requests it from his mom when he’s at home. Spouse can have it on the table in about 30 minutes with ease.

Cornflake fish sticks close up photo of the fish cooked inside the crispy coating

The flakey cod cooks perfectly inside the crisp coating.

The inspiration for Cornflake Fish Sticks

Someone from the UK asked me a couple of years ago if I had a good recipe for fish fingers. That’s what we would commonly call fish sticks in North America. 

She wanted the fish to be very crispy because she wanted to use them in fish finger sandwiches for her children. Kids in the UK are also very fond of fish finger sandwiches.

Even famous British chefs speak of them as a childhood favourite.

Crispy Cornflake Fish Sticks photo of fish sticks dipped in honey dijon sauce.

Crispy Cornflake Fish Sticks dipped in honey dijon sauce.

At first I thought of suggesting coating the fish in panko crumbs and frying them. Instead however, I was reminded of our favourite chicken parm and thought the cornflakes would work very well here as well.

I very simply prepared them using an uncomplicated flour dredge and egg wash before dipping them into crushed cornflakes. I then placed them onto a hot pan and popped them into a hot oven with a drizzle of oil. 

They came out perfectly crispy and delicious! It’s a fantastic way to get your kids , or yourself, to eat more healthy fish meals.

Cornflake Fish Sticks photo of fish sticks stacked on a white plate with title text added for Pinterest

Fish sticks with an easy gluten free option.

Like I suggest in the Chicken Parmesan recipe, it’s quite easy to make these fish sticks gluten free.

With gluten free cereals like cornflakes readily available in supermarkets these days, it’s an easy substitution. Practically any gluten free flour will work for the dredge.

Cornflake fish sticks photo with one broken open to reveal the fish inside

Crispy Cornflake Fish Sticks

Most people would choose rice flour for this purpose, I think. Rice flour will help keep the fish fingers crispy as well.

High heat.

The secret to making crispy cornflake fish sticks is a high oven temperature. Fish cooks very quickly, so you need a higher heat to get them crispy in less time.

Two Slices of Raw Fresh Cod Fish Fillet closeup on Wooden Cutting Board

Fresh cod is a staple of Newfoundland cooking.

Preheating the pan works very well to speed up the process too. I only use a drizzle of oil on the pan and fish sticks and they turn out crispy every time.

If you’re looking for more great ideas for fish like this, check out this collection of 20 of Our Favourite Seafood Dinners

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You’ll find many more traditional and Newfoundland inspired recipes in our Newfoundland section and even more great dishes in our Fish & Seafood Category

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Yield: 6 servings

Crispy Cornflake Fish Sticks

Crispy Cornflake Fish Sticks with an easy gluten free option too! Oven baked, not fried! Kids of all ages will love these crispy dippable fish fingers. They also make incredibly tasty fish finger sandwiches!


  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh cod fillets, (or other white fish) Thick fillets work best to get a uniform size.
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 cups corn flake crumbs (approximately) Use a gluten free brand if needed
  • 1/2 cup flour, for dredging (use rice flour for gluten free version)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp water
  • About 3 tbsp canola oil


    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Preheat a 9x13 glass baking pan in the oven at the same time. (or similar size.
    2. Crush the cornflakes until into small crumbs by placing them in a Ziploc bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin. I find this to be a better method than using the food processor for a more uniform crumb that doesn't turn to dust.
    3. Cut the fish into about 1 1/2 inch strips.
    4. Season the fish with salt and pepper before dredging it completely in flour, covering it well on all sides.
    5. Whisk together the eggs and water to create an egg wash.
    6. Dip the floured fish pieces into the egg wash, then coat it well in the corn flake crumbs. Firmly press the fish into the cornflake crumbs on all sides to make it adhere well.
    7. Drizzle half of the canola oil onto the bottom of the preheating baking dish.
    8. Place the fish sticks on the pan. They should not touch each other; preferably a half inch apart. 
    9. Drizzle the remaining oil over the tops of the fish sticks.
    10. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F and then flip the fish sticks and return the pan to the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 276Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 124mgSodium 230mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 30g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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