Crispy Air Fryer Fish Fillet recipe

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Crispy Air Fryer Fish Fillet recipe – The fish are delicately rubbed with paprika, lemon juice, pepper powder seasonings and coated with panko bread crumbs to make the crunchier air fryer fish that you can make in less than 20 minutes!

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Air Fryer fish served in blue plate

What is Air Fryer Fish?

This Air Fryer fish fillet recipe has a tonne of flavor, is juicy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside, and it’s going to be your new favorite! This recipe is perfect for both kids and adults who can’t get enough of these extremely delicious crunchy, crispy air fryer fish.

The fish fillet has been smeared with panko bread crumbs with the amazing marinade that improves everything and gives you a crustiness on every bite!

The fish cooks much faster in the Air Fryer than in the oven! This recipe is simple, quick, and hassle-free.

The fish is seasoned with all of your favorite spices, providing you with the ultimate palate-pleasing experience.

The best part of the recipe is that you can absolutely tweak or add a new twist to it to make an incredibly flavorful, crunchy, and golden fish fillet recipe.

Reason to love :

  1. It’s extremely tender, crispy, and flaky!
  2. It has layers of flavor that are perfectly seasoned, and you will want to eat more and more of it!
  3. Generally oil-free, though a teaspoon of oil may be required; not greasy like deep-fried fish.

What you’ll need to make:

fish fillet recipe ingredients
  • Fish – You’ll need 5 slices of fish fillet for this recipe. Any type of fish 1- inch thick would work.
  • Seasonings – I have used paprika, pepper powder, dried oregano. Check out the FAQS sections below for more seasonings ideas.
  • Lemon juice – Lemon juice truly awakens the flavors of the spices.
  • Olive oil – I have used extra virgin olive oil, you may use vegetable oil or you can skip oil if needed.
  • Panko bread crumbs– It has a light and airy texture. It is most commonly used in Japanese cooking.

Step By Step Instructions:

Grid image of seasonings are being added in bowl
  • Place the fish slices on a plate after washing them and patting them dry with a paper towel. ( I have washed my fish fillet using turmeric powder, hence the colour)
  • Combine all of the seasonings in a mixing bowl. ( Photo 1)
  • Whisk in the lemon juice and olive oil to combine. (Photos 2,3 &4)
fish is being cooked and air fryied in air fryer basket.
  • Add the washed fish to the spice marinade and rub it all over. Set aside for 15 minutes to marinate. (Photo 5)
  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Smear the panko bread crumbs all over the fish and spread the panko bread crumbs all over the plate.(Photos 6 & 7)
  • Place the fish in the air fryer basket in a single layer and drizzle with a tablespoon of oil.Air fry the fish for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), flipping after 8 minutes. (Photo 8)
fish fillet in air fryer basket

Top Tips:

  1. Buy the freshest fish that helps you to make the best recipe.
  2. Do not crowd the air fryer basket that will prevent the fish from crisping.
  3. Pre-heat your air Fryer to ensure the temperature to be right when you cook the fish.
  4. Before placing the fish in the air fryer, make sure to drizzle lightly with an oil that helps you to get the crunchier coating.
  5. You could use either fresh fish fillets or frozen fish fillets.
  6. To defrost, leave them out at room temperature for a couple of hours or place them in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. Use a thicker fish fillet instead of a thin one.
  8. The cooking time varies depending on the type or model of air fryer you use.
  9. To test the doneness of the fish, gently poke it with a fork to look for soft white cooked fish.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the best fish to air fry?

The white fish with a firm texture is the best fish for the air fryer such as Tilapia, cod, halibut, salmon, mahi-mahi, monkfish, seabass work well.

However, do not limit yourself from making this air fryer fish, You can use fish that are available in your province. Make sure the fish is fresh and not thin.

  • How do you serve?

This air fryer fish pairs beautifully well with salted vegetables, garlic Mayonnaise,

Yum Yum sauce, hot sauce, or tartar sauce.

  • How long can I store it?

You can store the leftover air-fried fish in the refrigerator. Bring the fish to room temperature, store them in the air-tight container. This way it keeps well and good for 2 days.

  • Can I Freeze?

Absolutely! If you would like to store the fish for a little longer, store them in the freezer. Bring the fish to room temperature, store them in the freezer-safe container/freezer-safe bag. It stays good for 2 months.

  • Can you Re-heat air fryer fish?

Yes! You can re-heat the fish that has been kept in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Just air- fry the fish for 4 to 5 minutes in a pre-heated air fryer before serving.

  • How long does it take to cook fish in the air fryer?

The crispy fish will take around 10 to 12 minutes in the air fryer. It totally depends on the thickness of your fillet and the
Air fryer model that you are using.

  • What are the other seasonings?

You can play around with herbs and seasonings of your choice. Herbs & spices like rosemary, thyme, coriander leaves, parsley, sage, fennel, dill, smoked paprika, garlic, cayenne pepper, onion powder, cajun seasonings, chipotle creole spice, garlic pepper seasonings, lemon pepper seasonings, jerk seasoning, zaatar spice works perfectly well for air fryer fish.

  • Can I use regular bread crumbs instead of panko?

No! I don’t recommend using regular bread crumbs. Panko bread crumbs are the key to the crunchier coating. The size of the panko bread crumbs is slightly larger than the normal bread crumbs so they make it crisper.

air fryer fish on blue plate with sliced lemon aside.

other Recipes you may like to try:

Best Grilled Fish Tacos

Semolina Fish Fry

Kerala Fish Biryani

Spicy Pomfret Fry

Easy Fish Curry

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Crispy Air Fryer Fish Fillet recipe


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Halal

Description

Crispy Air Fryer Fish Fillet recipe – The fishes are delicately rubbed with paprika, lemon juice, pepper powder seasonings and coated with panko bread crumbs to make the crunchier air fryer fish that you can make in less than 20 minutes! 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 Fish Slices ( white fish or any fish as you prefer) 
  • 1 tablespoon Chilli powder / paprika 
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice 
  • 1.5 teaspoon Olive oil 
  • Salt 

Instructions

  1. Wash the fish slices, pat them dry on paper towel and place them on a plate. 
  2. Add all the seasonings, lemon juice and olive oil to the mixing bowl,whisk to combine . 
  3. Add  fish fillets to the spice marinade, rub all the marinade over the fish.Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. 
  4. Preheat the air fryer on 400 degrees F ( 200 degree C)For 5 minutes. 
  5. Spread the panko bread crumbs on the plate, Smear the panko bread crumbs all over the fish. 
  6. Place the fish in single layer in the air fryer basket, drizzle a teaspoon of oil. 
  7. Air fry the fish on 400 Degrees F (200 degree C) For 15 minutes, flipping the fish around 8 minutes. 
  8. Air Fryer Fish is ready to serve. 

Notes

Buy the freshest fish that helps you to make the best air fryer fish. 

Do not crowd the air fryer basket that will prevent the fish from crisping. 

Pre-heat your air Fryer that helps the temperature to be right when you cook the fish. 

Before placing the fish in the air fryer, make sure to drizzle lightly with oil that helps you to get the crunchier coating. 

You could use with fresh fish fillet or the frozen fish fillet. 

To Defrost: Keep them in room temperature for couple of hours or you can keep the fish in the refrigerator overnight. 

Do not use the very thin fish fillet. 

The cooking time varies depending on what kinda or model of air fryer that you’re using. 

To check for the doness, gently poke the fish with fork to check for the soft white cooked fish. 

 

  • Category: Starter
  • Method: Airfryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fryer fish, fish fillet recipe, best air fryer for fish

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