How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Fish - The Perfect Guilt-Free Way to Satisfy Your Fried Fish Cravings!


    If you are craving a taste of fried fish but don't want the guilt of all the grease, look no further than this recipe for crispy air fryer fish. Made with perfectly seasoned whitefish and cooked in an air fryer, this recipe provides all the flavor and crispiness of traditional fried fish with a lot less oil. In this article, we will walk you through the recipe, answer some common questions, and provide tips and tricks for making the best crispy air fryer fish possible.

    fish filets in air fryer basket after cookingfish filets in air fryer basket before cooking


      To make this delicious dish, you will need the following ingredients: whiting fish fillets, oil to mist, very fine cornmeal, flour, Old Bay seasoning, salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper. Combine the cornmeal, flour, Old Bay seasoning, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper in a Ziplock bag and shake to mix. Rinse and pat dry the fish fillets, making sure they are still slightly damp. Place them in the Ziplock bag and shake until fully coated with the seasoning mixture. Place the fillets on a baking rack to allow excess flour to fall off. Grease the bottom of your air fryer basket and place the fillets in the basket. Cook for 7-10 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping halfway through cooking and spraying lightly with oil. Adjust your cook time as needed based on the thickness of your fillets. Serve immediately.

      air fried fish fillet on white paper

      Tips and Tricks:

        1. Spray oil only halfway through cooking to increase crispiness.

        2. Do not use over-the-counter misting sprays in your air fryer, as they can damage the coating on the basket. Invest in a good oil mister instead.

        3. Do not overcrowd your air fryer basket, as overcrowding will lead to steaming rather than frying.

        4. Make sure the fish is fully covered in oil and all seasoning is fully covered with no flour spots showing to achieve a beautiful golden color.

        5. Eat fried fish immediately for the best taste.


          1. What's the best fish to use in this recipe?

          Whiting fish works perfectly in this recipe, but you can use any other type of white fish you prefer.

          2. Can I make this recipe with frozen fish?

          While you can use good quality frozen fillets, make sure they are fully thawed before seasoning, and pat them with a paper towel to remove excess water.

          3. Is this recipe healthier than traditional fried fish?

          Yes! Fish is an excellent source of protein and low in fat. Cooking it in an air fryer requires only a fraction of the oil needed for traditional frying, making it a healthier option without sacrificing taste.


            Crispy air fryer fish is a delicious and guilt-free way to enjoy crispy fried fish. With this recipe and our tips and tricks, you can easily make this dish with perfectly seasoned whitefish. Whether you are serving this dish for a weeknight family dinner or a fun day outside with the family, you can rest assured knowing you are serving a healthier version of traditional fried fish.

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