This quick and easy air fried fish is crispy and amazingly flavorful on the outside and tender and flaky on the inside. Learn how to fry fish in the air fryer. We made air fried tilapia but you can make air fried cod, halibut or any white fish.
Air fried fish is made from mild tasting white fish filets, such as or cod, that are cut into perfect portions. The fish is covered in a delicious crust of seasoned breadcrumbs, and cooked up to golden brown and crunchy perfection in the air fryer. Without using much oil, fried fish is low in calories but full of yummy flavor.
1 lb white fish filets (tilapia or cod work well)
½ cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese grated
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsps oil (high heat oil like vegetable oil or avocado oil)
Combine bread crumbs, parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper in a shallow dish.
Pat fish dry and cut into 1-1½ inches wide pieces.
Brush with oil.
Gently roll fish in the seasoning dish so all sides are coated.
Place fish on parchment paper.
Cover fish with a second piece of parchment paper.
Using your hands or a rolling pin, put gentle pressure on the fish to push the seasoning into the fish. It will stay on the fish better this way and less will fall off while cooking.
Spray your air fryer cooking basket/tray with cooking spray to prevent fish from sticking.
Place fish into the air fryer cooking basket/tray. Make sure there is space in between each piece of fish. Do not overcrowd the basket. You may need to cook the fish in batches.
Cook at 400°F for 10-12 minutes. Cook time depends on the thickness and width of your fish pieces. Check on the fish intermittently. Internal temperature should be 145°F.
Remove from the air fryer. Serve with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.
Air Fryer Notes:
Some air fryers have a pre-heat option. Preheating may reduce the cooking time a little bit.
Air fryers need space between the food items to circulate and cook properly. Do not overcrowd your air fryer.
You can substitute panko bread crumbs for Italian bread crumbs. Omit the Italian seasoning.
If you have air fryer parchment paper (parchment paper with holes for air flow) you can cook your fish on that.