Are you looking for an easy weeknight meal to serve to your family? Today, I am sharing a classic kid friendly dinner that will please everyone in your family. Get the recipe for Air Fryer Breaded Fish Fillets with 3 Fun Dipping Sauces!
HEALTHY DINNER IN A HURRY
Several months ago, it was hard to believe there would be a time that we would be rushing around in the evenings again. But, here we are with the back-to-school busy season! I do not want to complain as I am happy to see the kids back to their favorite activities.
But there is one part of the dinner rush that is a little hectic and that is actually getting a quick and healthy meal on the table!
Today, I have partnered with Gorton’s to share a delicious classic meal that you can serve your whole family. Most people are very familiar with Gorton’s and their fish sticks. It is a classic meal that many of us enjoyed in our childhood! Gorton’s frozen fish products are a freezer staple we can all count on.
If you have diverse group of eaters, read on as this Air Fryer Breaded Fish Fillets meal is a dinner that everyone in the family can enjoy!
AIR FRYER BREADED FISH FILLETS
Before I get started on the Air Fryer Breaded Fish Fillets recipe, I want to point out that you CAN make this recipe WITHOUT an air fryer! There are many ways to cook Gorton’s Fish Sticks including the oven or microwave!
We purchased an Air Fryer awhile back and I can say that cooking frozen foods in the Air Fryer is delicious! We are hooked on this cooking process.
So let’s get started on the Air Fryer Breaded Fish Sticks and then I will share some delicious, kid friendly dipping sauces.
HOW DO YOU AIR FRY FISH STICKS?
Cooking your breaded fish sticks in the air fryer is super easy and so convenient! If you do not see the Air Fryer Cooking Instructions on the back of your Gorton’s product, you can always check on cooking instructions on their website.
For the Crunchy Fish Fillets, Gorton’s recommends air frying them for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees. If you have an air fryer, I recommend using a parchment liner. I use these liners for everything I cook in the air fryer. It makes clean up easier plus nothing sticks to the pan!
I cooked the Gorton’s Fish Fillets in my air fryer at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. I take out the fillets half way through the cooking time and then flip each one over for even cooking. After ten minutes, the Fish Fillets were cooked to perfection! Allow them to cool for a minute or two as they do come out hot!
Now, for the fun part, putting together all of the dips for the fish fillets!
DIPPING SAUCES THREE WAYS
There are so many amazing dipping sauces you could make with your Breaded Fish Fillets! Just do a quick search on Pinterest for Fish Fillet or Sticks Dipping Sauces and you will find plenty! I put together a few dipping sauce recipes based on I know my family will like to eat! But, there are so many dipping sauce ideas out there!
The best part about these dipping sauces is that you can make them ahead of time. In fact, I found that chilling the dips for a few hours made them firm up a bit. This is one of those dinner recipes that you can get ready early in the day and then just put it all together at dinner time!
If you make the dips ahead of time, all you will need to do at dinner is to air fry the fish fillets. It can not get much better than dinner in ten minutes!!
1. Classic Tarter Sauce
When you think of Fish Sticks, the first dip that comes to mind is a classic tarter sauce! This is the kind of fish sticks sauce that I grew up with! Homemade Tarter Sauce is so good with breaded fish sticks!
If you have not given this classic dip a try, I encourage you to try out this Homemade Tarter Sauce Recipe! If you do not have fresh dill, you can certainly substitute with dried dill. I am all for using what you have on hand, especially when it comes to quick weeknight meals!
Easy Tartar Sauce for Fish Fillets
1/2 Cup Mayo
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
3-4 Dill Pickle Spears Finely Chopped (You could also use Pickle Relish in a pinch)
2 teaspoons pickle juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tsp. sugar
1-2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill Finely Chopped
Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Combine Mayo, Lemon Juice, Pickle Juice, garlic, sugar and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Then add the finely chopped pickles and dill to the mixture. Stir to combine.
- Serve immediately or cover and chill for one hour.
2. Avocado Greek Yogurt Dip
If your kids are anything like mine, they LOVE ranch. It is amazing what foods they will dip into ranch sauce. This twist on ranch dip includes healthy avocado and greek yogurt. This Avocado Dip is one that both the kids and adults will love! We ended up dipping everything in this greek yogurt dip including our chips and carrots!
2 Small Avocados (mashed)
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (I used full fat but you can certainly use non fat)
3 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon White Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion power
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried dill (I used fresh dill since I had it on hand)
- Combine all ingredients until blended well. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
3. Ketchup (with a spicy option)
Last but not least, if you have ketchup fans in the house, you will want to make this Easy Ketchup Dipping Sauce. You start with ketchup and then combine some of the same ingredients from the other sauces to make a delicious Ketchup Dipping Sauce.
For a little extra heat to this Ketchup sauce, you could even add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce!
1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup mayo
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon dill pickle relish
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
2-3 teaspoons hot sauce (OPTIONAL)
- Mix all ingredients together until combined.
- Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
When you are in a hurry at dinner time, you want a meal that is quick and easy to serve. I put the Breaded Fish Fillets along with some chips and veggies in easy to serve baskets. Then, I put dipping sauces in the middle of the table so that everyone could reach for their favorites.
It is fun to mix it up and serve dinner in a fun (and easy to clean up) way! Everyone in the family appreciates something a little different for a weeknight meal! Make dinner time fun with Gorton’s Breaded Fish Fillets and these try one or all of these delicious homemade dipping sauces!
GORTON’S FISH DETAILS
Gorton’s breaded fish fillets are hands down the best frozen fish products! What makes Gorton’s fish so good?
They use 100% whole fish fillets with no fillers, no preservatives, no articificial colors or flavors, no hydrogenated oils and no antibiotics! These breaded fish sticks are a good source of protein and provide Natural Omega-3s.
Not only are Gorton’s products delicious but they are also a super convenient meal! The breaded fish fillets come in a resealable bag to lock in freshness, so you can have some now and some for another day! Check out Gorton’s Full Line of Products!
Let me know if you try these Air Fryer Breaded Fish Fillets and one or all of the dipping sauces!
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