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Healthy and Simple Air Fryer Fish Fillets

While air fryers look futuristic, they’re actually super handy. Fish fillets, for example, get a crispy finish without us having to deal with messy oil splatters.

We love how quick and simple this is. No waiting around forever. And you know what? The fillets come out delicious every single time.

Plus, cleanup is a breeze. Toss the basket in the dishwasher, and you’re done.

If you’re looking for an easy way to make fish fillets that are healthier and just as tasty, this is it. Our team swears by this method, and we bet you will, too.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Fish Fillets

Time to gather your ingredients and get ready for some crispy, fishy goodness. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White fish fillets: Tilapia, cod, or haddock work great. About 1-2 pounds, depending on how hungry you are.
  • Olive oil: 1-2 tablespoons to help get that crispy exterior.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little lemon zest to brighten things up.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Fish Fillets

To make sure your fish fillets turn out just right, keep these tips in mind:

  • Pat them dry: Blot the fish fillets with a paper towel before seasoning. This helps them get nice and crispy.
  • Don’t overcrowd: Arrange the fillets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Give them some room to breathe and cook evenly.
  • Watch the time: Fish cooks quickly, so keep an eye on it to avoid overcooking and drying it out.

Variations and Substitutions

Feeling spicy? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or some chili flakes to the seasoning mix. Bring a little heat to your plate.

No lemon? No worries! Swap the lemon zest for lime zest or even a bit of orange for a different citrus twist.

Love herbs? Sprinkle a bit of dried dill or parsley on top before cooking for an herby flavor boost.


Air Fryer Fish Fillets

Crispy and tender fish fillets made easily in your air fryer. Perfect for a healthy and quick dinner any night of the week, these fillets are seasoned to perfection and cooked to a golden brown. Pair them with a side of fresh vegetables or a light salad for a delicious, well-balanced meal that's sure to satisfy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 141 kcal


  • Air-fryer
  • Mixing bowl


  • 1-2 pounds white fish fillets tilapia, cod, haddock
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
  • Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels.
  • In a mixing bowl, drizzle the fish fillets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon zest. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Arrange the fillets in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the fish is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve immediately with a lemon wedge on the side and enjoy your healthy, crispy air fryer fish fillets!


Serving: 1filletCalories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 0.2gProtein: 23gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 350mgPotassium: 346mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.003mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, easy recipes, fish fillets
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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Andrew Gray

Friday 12th of July 2024

These air fryer recipes have simplified my cooking process immensely. Highly recommend!