Spicy Fish Nuggets

Spicy Fish Nuggets Recipe

Rubbed with a spicy peri peri seasoning, these crumbed fish nuggets have a light kick of chili which is so moreish. These nuggets can be deep fried, air fried or even baked.

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This recipe makes the best fish nuggets that are crispy whether you fry them bake them or air fry them. You can make them as an appetizer or serve at a party. They are super easy and fun to make. And kids love them! If your kid doesn't like chili read my Peri Peri Alternative below. And after this recipe you wouldn't feel the need to get ready-made frozen nuggets or fish sticks. These are much more healthy and nutritious. 

Spicy Fish Nuggets


  • Peri Peri (or Piri Piri) sesaoning is not Peri Peri salt.
  • If you cannot find Peri Peri seasoning you can even make your own. Click here for a pretty good recipe.
  • You can also use 1-2 tbsp Peri Peri sauce.
  • But if you still want some plain, non-spicy fish nuggets, just replace peri peri seasoning with the following ingredients and follow rest of the recipe as it is: 1/2 tsp paprika powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp dried oregano and 1/2 tsp white pepper.


Yes you can freeze them after coating them with panko crumbs. They last a month in the freezer.


I use pangasius. But you can use any catfish, tilapia or cod.

Spicy Fish Nuggets

Spicy Fish Nuggets
Yield: 16-18 nuggets
Seasoned with peri peri spice mix, these crispy fish nuggets can be baked, deep fried or air fried.


  • 300g boneless white fish, cut in cubes
  • 3/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp peri peri seasoning
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour


How to cook Spicy Fish Nuggets

  1. Add vinegar, peri peri seasoning, ginger garlic paste, salt and black pepper to the fish and mix. Then sprinkle the flour and coat around.
  2. In one bowl mix together panko crumbs, all-purpose flour and dried parsley.
  3. In another bowl whisk the egg with milk.
  4. First dip the fish in egg mixture then coat with panko crumbs. Keep aside. You can freeze these fish nuggets at this point.
  5. For Deep Frying: Heat oil in a deep pot. Fry fish nuggets on medium heat till golden on each side. Drain on a paper towel.
  6. For Air Frying: Place the fish nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Spray with some olive oil. Air fry for 10-15 mins at 180 C till golden and crispy. Don't forget to flip midway.
  7. For Baking: Bake at 200C for 15-18 mins.
  8. Serve the fish nuggets with tartar sauce or a dip of your choice. You can also sprinkle some extra peri peri seasoning on top.


Use crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs if you don't have panko crumbs.

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