Baked Italian Fish Sticks with Calabrian Chili Tartar Sauce

Get ready to take a bite out of the Mediterranean with these Baked Italian Fish Sticks with Calabrian Chili Tartar Sauce! These fish sticks are packed with the flavors of the Italian coast and coated in a crispy, golden breadcrumb crust. Dip them into the spicy and tangy Calabrian chili tartar sauce for a flavorful kick that’ll have you feeling like you’re dining by the seaside. Perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, it’s a recipe that’s sure to make a splash!

May 1, 2023
Baked Italian Fish Sticks with Calabrian Chili Tartar Sauce

Baked Italian Fish Sticks with Calabrian Chili Tartar Sauce

Alissa DiSanto
  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    25 min
  • Total Time
    35 min
  • Servings
  • Difficulty


  • 1lb cod cut into 1-inch sticks
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup Italian panko
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup mayo
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp chopped Calabrian chili peppers in oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet relish


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper and give it a light coating of nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cut cod fillets into 1-inch-wide strips. They do not need to be perfect. Afterall these are homemade!
  3. Prepare your dredging station by using three shallow bowls. In the first bowl you will mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Second bowl, whisk the two eggs. Third bowl, combine the panko and cheese.
  4. Start by dipping each strip into the flour and shaking the excess off. Dip into the whisked eggs allowing the excess again to drip off. Lastly, finish in the panko and cheese mixture. Place onto your lined baking sheet.
  5. Repeat until all fish strips are dredge and coated well. Before popping into the oven, give each strip a spray with nonstick cooking spray. This will help the fish stick get golden brown and crispy.
  6. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the sticks are golden brown and the fish easily flakes apart. I like to carefully flip them over halfway through so both side evenly brown.
    While the fish is baking, prepare your
  7. Calabrian chili tartar sauce by combining the mayo, lemon juice, Calabrian chilis, and relish in a bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined and taste for salt and pepper.
  8. Remove fish sticks from the oven and serve immediately alongside your tartar sauce.


*Calabrian chili peppers-jar found by the condiments at your local grocer or if you can find the peppers fresh you can use those as well.

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