These gluten free, dairy free homemade fish sticks are a great alternative to the freezer variety. This fish sticks recipe is fresher, healthier, and fun for kids to make too. 

Easy homemade fish sticks that are gluten free and dairy free. Perfect for making ahead and freezing.
Back to school means more than growing up and watching another year tick by – it means time to pack lunch after lunch after lunch and be prepared for dinners on the fly and on the go, as you shuffle from activity to activity. Time suddenly seems to go out the window and everything can feel rushed and hurried.

Luckily I still have a few more years before the real hustle and bustle starts, but I still feel the pain of having to always have  lunch-ready food on hand, and most definitely feel the strain of needing to have a quick and easy {yet still healthy} dinner ready for my family every night. {Especially when our meal choices need to be gluten free and dairy free recipes.} Moving further away from our old activities has meant a lot of extra time spent in the car and not so much extra time left for things like food prep and cooking big meals.

Easy gluten free fish sticks recipe

On top of that, my kid is like so many other kids when it comes to food preference: he’d pick chicken nuggets and fish sticks every single deal, every single meal if I let him. It’d be really easy to cave in to that go-to choice every time we’re in a rush or in a bind, so instead I try to have things that are just as easily ready and available, but a bit less processed. One of old stand-by favorites are these paleo sweet potato chicken patties – there’s almost always a batch ready to go in the freezer – but lately I’ve been trying to broaden our horizons and added some fish sticks to the mix. This fish sticks recipe has made our easy, weeknight meal repertoire a little bigger.

homemade fish sticks recipe

These homemade fish sticks are still super easy to prepare as they use canned tuna {no need to have fresh fish on hand} and come together in no time. Plus tuna is packed with protein and healthy fats, so it’s a choice I feel good about feeding my kiddo. They’re gluten free and dairy free too. They’re good fresh, but I always make extra to pop in the freezer for those busy days and nights.

fish sticks using canned tuna

Full disclaimer: this is not the most attractive entrée I’ve ever made, although I think with a little practice I could probably do better. But it didn’t stop anybody from eating them!

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Gluten Free Fish Sticks Recipe

Easy Homemade Tuna Fish Sticks {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Gluten free dairy free fish sticks (dfgf)

by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1 5oz can Bumble Bee tuna
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/8-1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 cup almond flour


Combine tuna and most of the egg – save a little for an “egg wash”.

Add flour a little at a time – I used about 1/8 cup of flour but you might need more, especially if you use a flour that doesn’t absorb as much liquid.

It should still look a little dry but you’ll know you’re set when you can form the tuna into a stick shape.

Form “sticks”, then dip lightly into leftover egg and roll in almond flour to create coating.

Cook over medium heat in a saute pan with a little oil, a few minutes on each side until they get crispy.

Allow to cool completely before refrigerating or freezing if saving for later.

Feel free to add any flavor combo your family or kiddos like – lemon juice, Italian seasoning, cumin, etc.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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