Best Air Fryer Fish Recipe

Caitlin Bensel

Golden, crispy, and delicious, this air fryer fish is one of the best air fryer recipes out there! Dusted with a spicy breadcrumb and cornmeal coating, these crispy fillets cook up super fast with virtually no oil thanks to the air fryer. The crispy fish is perfect for any easy weeknight dinner, from fish tacos to fish and chips salad—or simply on their own with fries and this easy homemade tartar sauce.

What fish is best for the air fryer?

While you can put almost any type of fish fillet in the air fryer, this recipe is best for moderately thin, white and flaky fish, such as cod, haddock, pollock, or mahi mahi, all of which can be fresh or thawed frozen. Avoid thicker fish fillets such as tuna or swordfish, which will take longer to cook.

How do you make air fryer fish?

Making fish in the air fryer is easy! Start by thawing the fish, if needed, then pat it dry. Cut the fish into strips, then dip in flour and then egg, which helps the seasoned breadcrumb mixture stick. All that’s left to do is spray the coated fish and the air fryer basket with cooking spray, then cook in batches as directed.

Is air fryer fish crispy?

Absolutely! The air fryer uses a fan to circulate hot air evenly around all sides of the coated fish fillets, cooking it quickly and with very little oil—just a spritz of cooking spray! This allows the fish to cook quickly and perfectly golden brown in just minutes, with no messy pot of hot oil!

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For the Fish:

2 tsp.

ground black pepper

2 lb.

cod or haddock fillets, cut into strips

For the Tartar Sauce:

2 tbsp.

dill pickle relish

1 tbsp.

finely chopped onion

1 tbsp.

fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp.

ground black pepper

French fries, for serving

Lemon wedges, for serving

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

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  1. For the fish: Place the flour on a plate. Whisk the eggs in a wide shallow bowl. Combine the breadcrumbs, cornmeal, seasoned salt, and pepper in another wide, shallow bowl. Working with a few pieces at a time, dredge the fish in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip completely in the egg, then roll in the breadcrumb mixture to coat. Repeat until all the fish pieces are breaded. Spray the breaded fish with olive oil spray on both sides.
  2. Working in two batches, place the fish pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, with about 1/4-inch of space between them. Cook in the air fryer set at 380° for 5 minutes. Carefully flip the fish and continue to cook for 5 minutes longer, until the fish is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Keep the first batch warm in a 200° oven while air frying the second batch.
  3. For the sauce: Stir together the mayonnaise, pickle relish, onion, lemon juice, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Serve the fish with fries, tartare sauce, lemon wedges, and a sprinkle of chopped, fresh parsley, if you like.

You can use 1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs, in place of the breadcrumb-cornmeal mix, if that is what you have on hand.

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