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Air Fryer Tilapia

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Quick to cook and delicious to eat, tilapia fish fillets come out perfectly when cooked in the air fryer. Simply seasoned, this mild-tasting white fish is wonderfully flaky and perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

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If you are looking for a tasty way to mix up your fish dinner, this air fryer tilapia recipe will hit the spot. Seasoned with my homemade fish seasoning, it’s super quick to prep and cook and you can be serving it in less than 15 minutes.

Low in calories, carbs and fats and high in protein, this is a great healthy dinner that tastes amazing. You only need a couple of ingredients too, which you’ll likely have to hand already.

Serve it up with your favorite veggie, potato, and salad sides for a filling meal that even your picky eaters will love.

Be sure to try my Air Fryer Whole Fish and Marinated Air Fryer Salmon too!

A tilapia fillet in an air fryer basket garnished with fresh parsley.

How to make air fryer tilapia

  • Gather your ingredients.
Ingredients to make the recipe.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season the filets with fish seasoning or any dry seasonings of your choice.
Two tilapia fillets seasoned.
  • Place the filets in the preheated air fryer basket. Spray the top of the fish filets with a little oil.
  • Air fry the filets for about 7-10 minutes until the fish is flaky.
  • Serve with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.
Cooked tilapia filets in the air fryer basket.

What does tilapia taste like?

If you don’t like an overly fishy taste, then tilapia fillets are perfect for you! They are very mild with a touch of sweetness, similar to red snapper. It has a firm but flaky texture and is a great option for those that don’t usually like fish. When cooked, it will take on the flavor of the fish seasoning.

Can you use other seasonings?

I always have some of my fish seasoning to hand in my pantry, it takes minutes to make and I always make a big batch so it’s ready to use. You can use a store-bought fish seasoning, or mix things up with your own blends! Tilapia is very mild in flavor, so it will work well with pretty much any combination! Try it with some of these other seasoning recipes:

Can you make it ahead of time?

This tilapia recipe is best served as soon as you have air-fried it, and as it is so quick to prep and cook, that’s not too much hassle at all! If you do have leftovers, they will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days and can be reheated in the air fryer at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for around 3 minutes to heat through. You can also add it cold to salads.

Can you make this in the oven?

Yes! I love oven-baked fish. Just preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake on a lined sheet pan for about 15-20 minutes.

What do you serve it with?

This air fryer tilapia is great to serve with salads, vegetables, or potato sides for a healthy and well-balanced dinner. Try it with some of these favorites:

Two air fryer tilapia fillets on a plate with lemon slices.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • I used thawed tilapia for this recipe. If cooking the tilapia from frozen, cook for about 10-12 minutes. 
  • If thawing the tilapia fillets, pat them dry well before seasoning to remove excess water.
  • Any high heat oil will do well in this recipe, such as canola, olive oil, avocado oil, etc.
  • These fillets will take between 7 and 10 minutes to cook through. The cooked fish should be firm but flaky and be an even white color throughout.

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A fork cutting a tilapia fillet on a white plate.
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Air Fryer Tilapia

Quick to cook and delicious to eat, tilapia fish fillets come out perfectly when cooked in the air fryer. Simply seasoned, this mild tasting white fish is wonderfully flaky and perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried tilapia, how to air fry tilapia fish, tilapia fillets air fryer recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 166kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 2-4 tilapia filets rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 teaspoons of fish seasoning
  • Oil for spraying
  • Lemon slices and chopped parsley for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season the filets with fish seasoning. Place the filets in the preheated air fryer basket. Spray the top of the fish filets with a little oil.
  • Air fry the filets for about 7-10 minutes until the fish is flaky.
  • Serve with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.

Notes

  • I used thawed tilapia for this recipe. If cooking the tilapia from frozen, cook for about 10-12 minutes. 
  • If thawing the tilapia fillets, pat them dry well before seasoning to remove excess water.
  • Any high heat oil will do well in this recipe, such as canola, olive oil, avocado oil, etc.
  • These fillets will take between 7 and 10 minutes to cook through. The cooked fish should be firm but flaky and be an even white color throughout.

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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