Get the best of both worlds with this Air Fryer Fish recipe – crispy exterior and a juicy interior. Perfect for those who love crispy fish without the mess of traditional frying methods.

Close up view of flaky air fryer fish.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and delicious dinner option, this recipe is absolute perfection! Not only is it incredibly easy to make, even on the busiest of weeknights, but it’s also incredibly versatile. With this recipe, you can choose your favorite type of fish – whether that be cod, tilapia, catfish, pollock, hake, or haddock – to create a meal that’s customized to your liking. All you need is to add a couple of side dishes, and tartar sauce of course! You’ll love the fish’s crispy exterior and juicy interior, and you won’t have to deal with the mess of stovetop frying. So, whether you’re looking for a quick dinner option to feed just yourself or the whole family, air fryer fish is the perfect solution!

Fish Options

When it comes to selecting the best type of fish for this air fryer recipe, you have a few options to choose from:

  • Cod
  • Tilapia
  • Catfish
  • Pollock
  • Hake
  • Haddock

Each type of fish has its own unique flavor and texture, but some are more delicate than others. For example, cod is a flaky white fish that has a mild flavor and is great for those who are new to cooking fish. On the other hand, catfish has a heartier texture and a slightly stronger flavor that might be more appealing to those who love bolder flavors. Tilapia is another popular option for air frying and has a delicate texture and a subtle flavor that makes it a great choice for seasoning and marinades. Ultimately, the best fish for you will come down to personal preference.

To Thaw Or Not To Thaw

Before starting this recipe, be sure to thaw the fish completely. If you use frozen, un-thawed fish, it will release extra moisture and make the coating mushy. Thawing it first is the best way to ensure the coating will stick and crisp up.

Oil Options

In this recipe, olive oil is used for drizzling over the fish fillets. However, you can use any type of cooking oil that you prefer. Some popular options include avocado oil, coconut oil, or even spray oils.

Panko Breadcrumbs vs. Regular Breadcrumbs

Panko breadcrumbs are used in this recipe because they are larger and provide a crunchier texture to the fish. If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs on hand, regular breadcrumbs will also work, but the texture of the coating will be slightly different and not as crunchy.

Air Fryer Fish Tips

For the best results, be sure to preheat the air fryer for at least 5 minutes before adding the fish. This will ensure that the fish cooks evenly and to the desired temperature. When coating the fish with the breadcrumb mixture, make sure to press the mixture in to ensure it sticks to the fish.

Overhead view of crispy fish in an air fryer basket.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Air fryer fish is best eaten fresh. To save any leftovers, allow the fish to cool to room temperature before placing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

To reheat the fish, simply preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the fish filets in the air fryer basket and cook until warmed through and crispy, just a few minutes per side. Alternatively, you can reheat the fish in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes, or until heated through and crispy. Enjoy your leftovers as a quick and easy lunch or dinner option!

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