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Best Air Fryer Fish Recipes

Tons of breaded air fryer fish recipes and more with no breading at all. Healthy and crispy dinner options your whole family will love night after night. All different kids of air fryer fish ideas you could ever imagine.

air fryer fish recipes

Cooking fresh or even frozen fish in your Air Fryer doesn’t have to be hard. These simple fish Air Fryer Recipes will show you just how simple it can be! Then move on to make even more easy air fryer recipes and you’ll be a pro in no time. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Fish Recipes

I have all the things here. We love easy things like air fryer tuna melt sandwiches, and extras like how to make white sauce for fish tacos so you can serve them up every single week.

  • Seriously we could make air fryer fish every day of the week!!
  • Here we will share how to cook cod, tilapia, salmon, shrimp tacos and more.

You see I was born in Hawaii so needless to say I ate it a lot as a really young child. It was just normal and I thought everyone else loved things out of the sea too. Not always the case but when you love it you are obsessed like us. Now that I found the best method ever to keep it fork tender but with a little crisp I’m here to share with y’all.

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

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Healthy Air Fryer Fish Recipes

There’s just something about a delicious piece of perfectly cooked fish that has me coming back for seconds over and over again. Whether you make it for dinner or an an appetizer, like how to cook calamari perfectly, you’ll soon be addicted.

You can make them dipped in an egg mixture, then in bread crumbs before laying them into the air fryer basket. We did actually figure out how to coat with a wet batter recently though. Now beer battered fish in air fryer is here.

OR just brush on olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper like our air fryer tuna steak. Either way all these air fry fish recipes are great. We do the same thing when we buy one that hasn’t been filleted at all too. If you haven’t tried an air fryer whole fish yet it is pretty amazing.

breaded fish

Ninja Air Fryer Fish Recipes

Traditionally battered fish with let’s say tempura will not work in a machine such as this. It needs to be a dry version as you see above here.

Instead you can brush with egg and press into breadcrumbs like we did with our Cod Fish Cakes. Those were pulsed and made into patties but you can bread fillets as well the same way.

  • First decide which way you want to go and have some olive oil cooking spray nearby, that will be handy to get it SUPER crunchy on the outside.
  • Then print out this free air fryer cook times chart so you can rest easy knowing that it’s going to be cooked to perfection.

Yes you can make oven fried fish that is lower in fat too, but air fryer fish and chips is a lot faster.


How to Cook Breaded Fish in an Air Fryer

Before jumping right into the delicious Air Fryer Fish recipes, it’s time to dig a little bit deeper into what an air fryer is and does. You can of course just pop it in there with a bit of olive oil and seasonings as is. If you want it extra crispy you can dip in a whisked egg and then press into breadcrumbs or Panko. Takes the same amount of time either way.

Besides being one the of best kitchen appliances ever, an air fryer is something that every kitchen needs. 

  • There are quite a few models, I have 4 of them.
  • Our Ninja Foodi has an added pressure cooker function to it
  • The Ninja Foodi Grill can grill foods in it as well as air fry everything
  • This electric air fryer from Cosori is used weekly

Below is our large air fryer that’s great for larger families with multiple racks

Best Large Air Fryer

Air Fryer Fish Recipes Weight Watchers

You would want to leave it with no breading if you wanted less calories. Why do I love using these kitchen appliances so much? OMG does everything just turn out so good.

  • It quickly cook your food by circulating hot air around without the need of any oil. So instead of deep frying and submerging into fat laden oil you can just spritz your air fryer crab cakes and they’ll become just as crispy.
  • Every awesome recipe comes out crispy and perfectly cooked each and every time

Fish flakes easily with a fork and is tender on the inside with the crunchy outsides I love. You don’t even need much breading like our air fryer catfish. Leave “naked” for low carb keto diets, you can do it all, check out how to cook sockeye salmon for them all. Most recipes only take 8-10 minutes total!

Do you need any more reasons than that? If you’re looking for the perfect Air Fryer to buy, here’s the one that we have and love!

ninja foodi

Ninja Foodi – It’s like a combination machine where an air fryer combines with a pressure cooker that can knock out literally any recipe.  New to the air fryer world?

If you’re here for recipes, you’ll want to bookmark this page with Ninja Foodi recipesthat you’re certain to love as well.

Do you have to put oil in your air fryer?

The short answer, no. You don’t. You can if you want, but you don’t have to. Why? because the hot air circulates to cook your food, oil free. I do however use olive oil spray to ensure the food doesn’t stick to the basket but that is it. It also crisps the outside like with air fryer walleye with breadcrumbs.

Frozen Fish in Air Fryer

You can totally do this too. Give our frozen tilapia air fryer recipe a whirl and you’ll see just how great it actually turns out. You can’t really bread it rock hard but you can season the outside well like our air fryer frozen shrimp. Pop them right inside your basket and they will get tender in no time

can you cook frozen shrimp in air fryer

Can you bake in an air fryer?

Absolutely. Didn’t I mention that this kitchen appliance can do anything? You can bake desserts etc with ease. I mean it is slightly different than in an oven but not much. The smaller area makes the hot air hotter which means a quicker cook time.

What foods can you cook in an Air Fryer?

There are so many options. You can cook:

You can really cook all types of frozen foods in this thing right out of the package like our air fryer frozen crab cakes and more.

ninja foodi fish

If you want to cook it, you can! Seriously. It’s that simple.  While I feel like so many people tend to focus on cooking chicken, beef, and pork, what about all the amazing fish fillets and meals out there just waiting to be cooked?

We love to eat fish in our household, so I can vouch that the air fryer knows what it’s doing when cooking fish. These simple recipes are great to have on hand to change up your weekly meal plan! 

We will start with one of our very favorites, this air fryer salmon recipe! With a sweet and salty dry rub similar to our smoked salmon, it’s sure to get thumbs up from everyone.

salmon in air fryer

Air Fryer Fish Recipes

Our air fryer calamari is a fun appetizer or side dish too.

If you’d rather use low carb Panko breadcrumbs we have an air fryer fried fish recipe here you can try too.


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Air Fryer Fish Recipes

Air fryer fish recipes are great as a healthy meal. This easy air fryer fried fish recipe is yummy and low carb with Panko breadcrumbs.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, fish, keto, low carb, panko breadcrumbs, tilapia
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 59kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Cut your whole, skinless fillets in half so the pieces are thinner and smaller.
  • Put flour on a plate and whisk eggs in a shallow wide bowl. In a third shallow bowl or plate mix Panko with garlic powder and salt.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Dip each piece of fish into flour, on both sides, shake off excess. Then dip into egg on both sides and then into Panko mix. Press mixture on to the outside on both sides of fish.
  • Place coated fish into air fryer basket that has been sprayed first with non stick spray.
  • Once you have one layer (do not overlap), close basket and cook for 4 minutes. Timing will vary according to how "well done" you want your fish to be and how thick your fillets are (thicker will take longer)


Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Fish Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These are all on our list of few ingredient recipes, so if you want an easy meal you’ll be set.

Now if you want a quick snack, or your kids just love finger foods, make air fryer fish sticks some day. They’re WAY better than in the oven because it’s a FAST way to make them really crispy and crunchy.

fish sticks in air fryer

How to cook Shrimp in Air Fryer

Crispy Air Fryer Fish and Chips– Who doesn’t love the classic dish of fish and chips? And when your air fryer can cook it for you, you let it!

  • Air Fryer Baja Fish Tacos– Just when you thought you’d tried fish tacos every which way possible…the air fryer stood up and said, “treat your taste buds with a bite of this!”
  • You can use any sort of protein inside these babies, like air fryer mahi mahi, tilapia, catfish or something else you love.

Use cod, tilapia, salmon, catfish or any other type you love.

air fryer fried shrimp

Crispy Cod Nuggets– Think of them like chicken nuggets…but fish. Bite-sized but full of taste. 

Want something that will blow them out of the water?? Use taco seasoning (you heard that right) in with your breadcrumbs to make air fryer fried shrimp tonight.

air fryer fried shrimp

See? What did I tell you! There are so many great air fryer fish recipes that you have to give them all a try. But don’t stop there… If you’re on the hunt for other pressure cooker fish recipes you can try these too

When it comes to using your air fryer, you’ll find out that you love the ease of use. And the other great part? Cleanup is a breeze as well. Even if you use a little bit of oil, it’s still hardly anything to have to worry about cleaning up.  Some toaster ovens are now including an air fry function!

cosori air fryer toaster oven

What are the benefits of using an air fryer?

There are a ton of great benefits to using an air fryer, but here are some of the top ones:

  • Saves time
  • saves energy
  • creates less mess
  • Cooks food with less grease and oil

And if those benefits aren’t enough, trust in your taste buds to show you the way. Cook up one or two (or all 15!) of these delicious air fryer fish recipes and see which one you like best!  Truth be told, you may not be able to choose! Then try our Instant Pot fish recipes and you’ll be set for the month!

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Monday 1st of May 2023

I've never thought about putting these in the air fryer. Genius lunch idea!


Monday 1st of May 2023

I haven't had fish and chips in so long! This worked great!

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