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Grab your Air Fryer and make this Crispy Air Fryer Fish ASAP. Covered in a crispy delicious crust, you can have guilt free fried fish as often as you like.

fried fish with lemon pieces

Summer fish fries are my favorite outings to attend. You know, the ones they have when your uncle who can season the fish like a champ comes over, fries up some amazing white fish, and the whole family gets together and enjoys. I’m talking that fried fish with that amazing golden fried glow. I’m talking that catfish, whiting, perch, yummy! I have those days that I want that amazing fish at home BUT I don’t want to deal with frying in oil.

Now thanks to my air fryer, the one I bought on a whim during my pregnancy, I can make delicious golden fish filets whenever I want without all the grease, and guilt.

crispy fish on white paper

Now I bet a few people are reading in disbelief that I made these golden beauties in my air fryer. How is this air fryer fish so golden? How is it so crispy and flaky? It’s all about the method, which I’ll explain below in the recipe instructions as well as the step by step photos below.

How Do I Air Fry Fish?

Great Question! Air Fried Fish is pretty easy and takes about four simple steps. The beauty with this recipe is that you don’t need any extra ingredients outside of your typical fish breading and a little bit of oil in a spray bottle. All you’ll do is:

Place fish in your favorite fish seasoning

Place in greased air fryer basket

Cook, spray, turn, cook some more

All done.

I like to make my own fish breading for this air fried fish recipe as I always have the ingredients and I like to season my fish some more after it’s cooked. I do the salt and pepper after it’s cooked for extra flavor. You can create your own or use the store bought kind, both would work.

Tips for Air Fried Fish

  1. I’d suggest using fresh fish fillets for this recipe or good quality frozen fillets. If you’re fillets are too thin, they won’t do well in this recipe as they won’t have enough time to crisp well.
  2. Spray your oil only halfway through cooking as this will increase crispiness.
  3. Do not use the over the counter misting sprays in your air fryer (For Example, Pam). For whatever chemical reason, those things can take the coating right off your air fryer basket. Your best bet is to invest in a good oil mister. I use this one. If you really love your over the counter spray and want to use it anyway, remove the fish from the air fryer basket before spraying to make sure it doesn’t land on your basket.
  4. Do not overcrowd your air fryer basket or your fish will steam rather than fry.
  5. Make sure when spraying, the fish is fully covered in oil and all seasoning has been fully covered with no flour spots showing. If flour spots are showing, you will not get that good golden color.
  6. I use whiteing fish in this recipe however this method will work for any other white fish. If using catfish, follow my method for soaking in milk first, which can be found on my very first my forking life blog post, Fried Catfish..
  7. Eat fried fish immediatley. All fried foods are better that way.
  8. You must have hot sauce. I mean, it’s just a must.
    fish with hot sauce being poured on it

If you’re looking for a delicious side to thit Air Fried Fish, try these Air Fryer Potato Wedges

I’m having so much fun with my air fryer that I’m looking forward to sharing more Air frying recipes with you all. Make sure to check out my Marinated Air Fried Salmon, Lobster Tails in the Air Fryer, Perfect Air Fryer Steak , Crispy Air Fried Coconut ShrimpHealthier General Tso’s Chicken in the Air Fryer,  Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts, Air Fryer Fried Chicken.

This Crispy Air Fryer Fish Recipe is delicious and healthy. Tried and true method for golden and crispy fish filets in the air fryer. #airfryer #airfryerrecipes #airfryerfish #healthy #healthyrecipes #myforkinglife #airfriedfish #crispyairfriedfish #easyrecipe #quickrecipe #dinnerecipes
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Air Fryer Fish

Crispy Air Fryer Fish is golden, crispy, delicious, and healthy. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 90kcal
Author Tanya


  • 4-6 Whiting Fish fillets cut in half
  • Oil to mist

Fish Seasoning

  • ¾ cup very fine cornmeal
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon old bay
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • OR
  • Your favorite fish seasoning


  • Combine ingredients for fish seasoning in a Ziplock bag and shake. Set to the side. In the alternative, you could use your favorite fish seasoning.
    Rinse and pat dry your fish fillets with paper towels. They should still be damp.
    Place fish fillets in ziplock bag and shake, until fillets are fully covered with seasoning.
    Place fillets on a baking rack to allow any excess flour to fall off.
    Grease the bottom of your air fryer basket and place the fillets in the basket. Cook filets on 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
    Open basket and spray the fish on the side that is facing up before flipping, ensuring that the fish is fully coated. Flip and cook other side for 7 minutes. Remove fish and serve. 



*Adjust cook times if needed depending on the thickness of the fillet.
Highly Recommended Tools
Air Fryer
Non-Aerosil Oil Sprayer Bottle
Silicone Kitchen Tongs


Calories: 90kcal
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Audrey Wilcox

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Your fish looks so good. My fish don't don't turn out like yours. I am doing something wrong. But what?


Monday 5th of April 2021

The cooking times and temperature is spot on. But for the spice and breading I just put cornmeal with some garlic and onion powder mixed in a bag. Salted the fish prior to breading.