Homemade air fryer fish fillets are so good, crispy and amazing! We’re obsessed with these air fryer tilapia fillets that are crispy and fantastic. You can use any fish that you want too!
How to Make Fresh Fish Fillets in Air Fryer
Cut your fresh fish into about 2″ wide fillets or you can leave it as whole fillets.
Set your eggs and breadcrumbs (or whatever breading crumb you want to use) in bowls ready to go.
Just make sure to be gentle when dipping the fish into the egg and breading. This will ensure that it doesn’t come off the fish before you air fry it. We like to gently dip and then sprinkle the breading on top.
All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
1 pound (454 g) white fish fillets (cod, halibut, tilapia, etc.)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt , or to taste
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) black pepper , or to taste
1 teaspoon (5 ml) garlic powder
1 teaspoon (5 ml) paprika
1-2 cups (60-120 g) breading of choice breadcrumbs, panko, crushed pork rinds or almond flour
1 egg , or more if needed
Preheat the Air Fryer at 380°F/193°C for 4 minutes.
If using frozen filets, make sure to thaw first. Cut fish filets in half if needed. Make sure they are even sized so they’ll cook evenly. The thicker they are, the longer they will take to cook. Pat the filets dry. Lightly oil the filets and then season with the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
Put the breading in a shallow bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Dip the filets in the egg, shaking off excess egg. Dredge the filets in your breading of choice. Press filets into the bowl of breading so that they completely coat the filets. Repeat this process for all fish pieces.
Line air fryer basket or tray with perforated parchment paper or perforated silicone mat (highly recommended – if you don’t have perforated parchment paper or mat, make sure to generously coat the air fryer basket with oil spray). Lightly spray parchment paper with oil spray. Lay coated fish in a single layer on the parchment (cook in batches if needed). Generously spray all sides of the breaded filets with oil spray to coat any dry spots.
Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 8-14 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your filets. After 6 minutes, flip the filets. Lightly spray any dry spots than then continue cooking for the remaining time or until they are crispy brown and the fish is cooked through. Serve with your favorite dip: tartar sauce, mustard, aioli, etc.