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Lightly Breaded Air Fryer Catfish

Crispy air fryer catfish is tender inside with a light breading outside. A healthy low carb and delicious dinner idea your family will love.

Air Fryer Catfish

Cooking fish this way is amazing. Any type is great but air fryer catfish is inexpensive, healthy and gives it the perfect texture inside and out. Jut one of many easy air fryer recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (affiliate links present)

I have made A LOT of different air fryer fish recipes, this is one of the last to try. Once again it was a huge win at dinnertime.

You can of course cook frozen fish in air fryer or air fryer fish sticks but this is for fresh homemade lovers of all things from the sea.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Catfish in Air Fryer

Really most white fish can be cooked this same way. I made air fryer tilapia similarly. Just adjust the seasonings to your liking but there are simple suggestions below too.

Are air fryers good for fish?

Yes! From air fryer salmon, to grouper, cod and more each one comes out flaky and delicious. Lightly breaded or plain it will keep it moist while giving the outside a bit of crispiness.

How do you cook catfish in an air fryer?

We are going to explain it all for you right here. You just need 2 shallow bowls for your egg and breadcrumbs mixture. Then cook in a preheated air fryer for just a few minutes and enjoy immediately with a squeeze of lemon.

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How long does it take a whole fish to fry in the air fryer?

This is for fillets without bones but if you kept it whole and it was on the smaller side it would take about 16 minutes. You’d put it in at 390 F and flip halfway through. After the total cook time, slice open and check.

If it is not flaky or still has a translucent look to it you’ll need to add more time. It’s easier to use filets like you see here without bones, the head or tails. They cook more evenly and are easier to eat when done.

Catfish Air Fryer

  1. 2-3 defrosted catfish fillets usually fit at one time
  2. Egg
  3. Breadcrumbs
  4. Flour
  5. Parmesan cheese
  6. Salt and pepper
    1. or use this ready made Southern style fish fry mix

At the end a squeeze of lemon and/or tartar sauce are usually served with it.

air fryer fish

What is the best oil to cook catfish in?

Well in this case you aren’t cooking the fish IN anything. You actually don’t need any at all unless you want the outside really crispy. If so just spray some vegetable oil on the top 1 minute before the end of the cook cycle.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Air Fryer Catfish

  1. Prepare

    Rinse your fish and lay on a few paper towels, fold over to remove any moisture from outside of fillets.

    In a shallow bowl whisk your egg, in another add breadcrumbs, flour, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Mix together.

    Dip each piece into the egg, then breadcrumbs mixture. Allow excess to fall off.

    Preheat air fryer basket to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Spray inside of basket with olive oil spray.

  2. Cook

    Lay coated fillets inside in a single layer without overlapping them.
    Cook for 15 minutes total. Keep in mind that timing will depend a lot on how thick your pieces are, check after 10 min. total. Flip each one over half way through the cook time.

    Remove when fork tender in thickest part of fillet and internal temp is 145 F. Plate and squeeze lemon on top and serve with tartar sauce.

catfish in air fryer

Of course you can add any additional seasonings you like. Garlic salt and/or onion powder is a great add in as well.

How do you know when catfish is done?

For me this is big! Do not overcook your fish, no matter what kind it is. I would rather have mine right at 145 F than turning grey and dry. Start at the shortest time first. 10 minutes flipping halfway works well for thin pcs.

If you have really thick pieces than it may take closer to 15-20 minutes. Typically you can tell on the outside if it’s getting there. Then use a fork to cut in half and if it is no longer opaque and flakes with your fork you’re set.

fish in air fryer

Seriously there’s nothing worse than ruining a great piece of seafood. Now I do like a bit of crunch on the outside. If you too love fried catfish you can get that same texture, but with a lot less fat.

Just 1-2 minutes before the end of the cook time spray some vegetable or olive oil spray on the top of your fish fillets. Then it will give them more of a deep frying crust you’re looking for.

Catfish Fillet Recipe

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Looking for other air fryer fish recipes? We have a bunch of different ways to make air fryer fried shrimp and even air fryer scallops you’ll love.

Let us know which ones are your favorites and/or if you add a different coating you love. Serve with air fryer vegetables or beets and enjoy.

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Air Fryer Catfish

Crispy air fryer catfish is tender inside with a light breading outside. A healthy low carb and delicious dinner idea your family will love.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, catfish, keto, low carb, ninja foodi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 777kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse fish and lay on paper towels, fold over to remove moisture from outside of fillets.
  • In a shallow bowl whisk egg, in another add breadcrumbs, flour, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Mix together.
  • Dredge each piece in egg, then breadcrumbs mixture. Allow excess to fall off.
  • Preheat air fryer basket to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Spray inside of basket with olive oil spray.
  • Lay coated fillets inside in a single layer without overlapping them.
  • Cook for 15 minutes total (give or take depending on how thick your pieces are, check after 10 with 5 minutes on each side) flipping over half way through cook time.
  • Remove when fork tender in thickest part of fillet and internal temp is 145 F.
  • Plate and squeeze lemon on top and serve with tartar sauce.

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Catfish
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 777 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 439mg146%
Sodium 1105mg48%
Potassium 2529mg72%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 117g234%
Vitamin A 469IU9%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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