Crunchy Phyllo Fish Sticks

Posted on: June 29, 2024. Updated on: June 29, 2024.

by Carolina Gelen

phyllo fish sticks

This recipe replaces the often-soggy bread crumbs on fish sticks with a crunchier, more flavorful element: phyllo pastry. Phyllo is a paper-thin pastry that becomes super crunchy and brittle when cooked. We crinkle the store-bought phyllo pastry, then tightly wrap marinated salmon sticks inside and bake them until golden.

Slice the salmon fillets

phyllo fish sticks

Season the salmon

How to roll the phyllo fish sticks?

phyllo fish sticks

Make the dill pickle sauce

phyllo fish sticks

Enjoy the crunch!

phyllo fish sticks

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Crunchy Phyllo Fish Sticks

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Fish Sticks

  • 1.5 to 2 pounds (about 2 large fillets) skinless salmon (or cod) fillets
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound phyllo pastry, thawed in the fridge

Dill Pickle Sauce

  • 4 pickled cornichons or 2 kosher dill pickles, diced
  • 2 tablespoons pickle brine
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and set an oven rack in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice each fish fillet into 6 to 8 fish sticks. Add the fish sticks to a mixing bowl. Add the oil, paprika, onion powder, granulated garlic, cayenne, a hefty pinch of salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Mix until the fish is evenly coated.
  3. Open the phyllo pastry and unroll the pastry. Work with one phyllo pastry sheet at a time, while rolling the rest of the pastry back to prevent it from drying out.
  4. Make the phyllo fish sticks: Place a phyllo pastry sheet on your work surface. Drizzle the sheet with a little bit of oil (1 to 2 teaspoons) and evenly brush the oil all over its surface. Crinkle the pastry from one end to the other, then flip it oiled-side down. Place one fish stick on the crinkled pastry and tightly roll it from one end to the other. Repeat with the remaining fish and pastry. Check out this step by step tutorial on how to roll the fish sticks.
  5. Place the fish sticks on the baking sheet. Lightly brush with more oil on top. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, until the pastry reached a golden brown color and is brittle and crispy to the touch.
  6. Make the dill pickle sauce: In a bowl, combine the pickles, pickle brine, dill, garlic, yogurt, a pinch of salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of water for a thinner consistency.
  7. Serve the crunchy phyllo fish sticks warm with sauce on the side.

Carolina Gelen

I speak 5 languages, but my favorite way to communicate is through the universal language of food. I translate food to be more approachable and accessible for the everyday cook. I didn't grow up with a lot, so I’ve always loved thrifting and finding a good sale. That also shapes my approach to cooking: I try to make most of my recipes as affordable as possible, and that is what my SCRAPS newsletter is about. Every two weeks I will send an exclusive recipe to your inbox. Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website.

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2 thoughts on "Crunchy Phyllo Fish Sticks"

  1. Carl Overton says:

    Very Unique recipes. I was intrigued by the dishes. My hobby is cooking all kinds of cultural recipes. Your recipes are a good fit for my style of making different recipes for friends and relatives.

  2. Michelle Valenzuela says:

    Love Love Love your receipts! Made the Crunchy Phyllo Fish Sticks dish last night for dinner and it was a hit! Your instructions were easy to follow and appreciate all the photos.

    Our family of 5 loves to cook and we love having a cooking contest. So, we look forward to your recipe book to come out.

    Thank you.

    Michelle, family of 5 with one mom, dad, and three grown boys.