How to microwave fish sticks

If you’re looking for a quick way to enjoy some crispy fish sticks like Van de Kamp’s Fish Sticks, then microwaving them might be the perfect solution.

Microwaving fish sticks is a time-saving method, but it does require a bit of finesse to achieve that perfect golden crispiness.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the process of microwaving fish sticks like a pro. So, let’s dive in and get those fish sticks sizzling!

Can you cook fish sticks in the microwave?

Yes, you can cook fish sticks in the microwave. In fact, it is the quickest efficient method that does not require oil for frying.

How to microwave fish sticks (step-by-step guide)

Step 1: Prepare ingredients and equipment

Before we get started, let’s make sure you have everything you need:


  1. Fish sticks (frozen or fresh)


Of course, you can always enhance your fish stick experience with some delicious dipping sauces like tartar sauce, ketchup, or even a homemade aioli.

But for now, let’s focus on the main event: microwaving those fish sticks to perfection.

Step 2: Prepare the microwave

The first thing you want to do is ensure that your microwave is in tip-top shape for cooking those fish sticks.

Microwaves can get messy, and old food debris can affect the cooking process. So, give it a quick wipe down and make sure it’s clean.

Now, here’s where things get a bit technical but crucial. Check the power settings and wattage of your microwave.

This information is usually found inside the microwave door or in the user manual. Well, microwaves vary in power, and knowing your microwave’s wattage helps adjust the cooking time accordingly.

For our guide, we’ll assume you have an average microwave with a wattage of around 1000 watts.

Step 2: Arrange the fish sticks

Once your microwave is ready to roll, grab a microwave-safe plate and place it on a flat surface. It’s essential to use a microwave-safe plate like the Mora Ceramic Flat Dinner Plate to prevent any mishaps or damage to your microwave.

Now, lay out your fish sticks on the plate, ensuring they’re in a single layer with some space between each stick.

This spacing allows for even cooking and helps to maintain the crispiness of the fish sticks.

If you’re microwaving a large batch, you may need to cook them in several smaller batches to avoid overcrowding the plate.

Step 3: Microwave the fish sticks

Here comes the exciting part – actually microwaving those fish sticks! But before you hit that start button, it’s crucial to set your microwave to the right power level.

Typically, you’ll want to choose around 50-60% power. This lower power setting prevents the fish sticks from becoming soggy and helps them cook evenly.

Start by microwaving the fish sticks for an initial 2-3 minutes.

The exact time may vary depending on your microwave’s wattage and the number of fish sticks you’re cooking.

Be mindful not to overcook them at this stage; we want them to be crispy, not rubbery.

Now, halfway through the cooking time, flip the fish sticks over. This simple step ensures that both sides get that golden-brown goodness we all love.

If you’re using a higher-power microwave, you may need to adjust the time accordingly.

The goal is to achieve that perfect balance between crispiness and a thoroughly cooked interior.

If the fish sticks are not crispy enough after the initial cooking time, continue microwaving them in 1-2 minute increments, checking their doneness after each interval.

This method allows you to fine-tune the cooking time and avoid any accidental overcooking.

Step 4: Check for doneness

How do you know when your fish sticks are ready to be devoured? Grab a fork and gently pierce one of the fish sticks.

They should be golden brown and flake easily when pierced.

If you encounter any resistance or find that the interior is still a bit cold, they need more time in the microwave.

Remember, microwaving fish sticks is all about balance.

You want them crispy on the outside while ensuring they’re fully cooked on the inside.

Keep testing and microwaving in short intervals until you achieve that perfect balance.

Step 5: Serve hot

Once your fish sticks are crispy and cooked to perfection, it’s time to dig in.

Carefully remove the hot plate from the microwave, using oven mitts or a towel to protect your hands from the heat.

Arrange the fish sticks on a serving plate, and if you’re feeling fancy, garnish them with a sprinkle of salt using the Salt Shaker or a squeeze of lemon. The Zulay Kitchen Metal 2-in-1 Lemon Squeezer will come in handy.

Now, the best part – grab your favorite dipping sauces and serve the fish sticks hot.

Whether you’re a fan of tangy tartar sauce, classic ketchup, or a zesty homemade aioli, the choice is yours.

Dip away and savor the deliciousness of your microwaved fish sticks.

Can I microwave frozen fish sticks?

Absolutely! You can microwave frozen fish sticks directly without thawing them first. Just adjust the cooking time to ensure they’re cooked through and crispy.

Do I need to thaw fish sticks before microwaving?

No need to thaw! You can go ahead and microwave fish sticks straight from the freezer. It’s all about convenience.

How do I prevent fish sticks from becoming soggy in the microwave?

To keep your fish sticks crispy, make sure they are cooked on a microwave-safe plate in a single layer. Also, using a lower power setting helps maintain their crispiness.

Can I reheat leftover fish sticks in the microwave?

Yes, you can reheat leftover fish sticks in the microwave. Use a lower power setting and shorter cooking time to avoid overcooking and maintain their texture.

Are there any safety precautions when microwaving fish sticks?

Yes. Be cautious when removing the hot plate from the microwave, and always use oven mitts or a towel to protect your hands.

Additionally, ensure that the fish sticks are fully cooked to avoid any potential foodborne illnesses.


Microwaving fish sticks is a quick and convenient way to enjoy this classic seafood favorite. By following our step-by-step guide and keeping these tips in mind, you can achieve perfectly crispy fish sticks right from your microwave.