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Crispy air fryer fish is served on a white plate with fresh lemon and tartar sauce.
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5 from 18 votes

Air Fryer Fish Recipe

Crispy and crunchy Air Fryer Fish is a simple recipe that will satisfy your fried fish cravings! Make up this quick and easy dish in just 20 minutes for an easy weeknight meal.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: main dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 ½ lbs. white fish fillets about ¼- to ½-inch thick
  • ½ cup cornmeal medium grind
  • ½ cup all purpose flour or gluten-free 1-to-1
  • 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning or Old Bay
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice


  • Dredge the Fish: Add mayonnaise and lemon juice to a large bowl and whisk until combined. Place fish filets into the mayonnaise mixture and toss until completely covered.
    1 ½ lbs. white fish fillets, ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Coat the Fish: Mix together cornmeal, flour, Cajun seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a medium-sized shallow bowl. Dip each filet into the cornmeal mixture and coat all sides.
    ½ cup cornmeal, ½ cup all purpose flour, 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning, 1 tsp. paprika, ½ tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Cook in Air Fryer: Place the coated fish filets into a 6-quart Air Fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 400 °F for 8-10 minutes.* Flip filets over after 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining filets. You’ll know the fish is done cooking when it flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve Air Fryer Fish with Tartar Sauce, Remoulade, or Secret Sauce.


This recipe works well with cod, sole, halibut, or any other firm and mild-tasting white fish.
You’ll need to cook the fish longer for thick filets, and shorter for thinner filets.
Prep-Ahead Instructions:
You can mix up the coating and binder in advance, or store separately until ready to use.
Storage Directions:
Keep air fried fish in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To freeze, arrange fried fish in a single layer and freeze for 2-3 hours; then transfer to a freezer safe Ziploc bag for up to 3-4 months. Add fried fish back into the air fryer at 350° for 3-5 minutes or until heated through to warm back up.
Recipe Tips:
  • Coat it first. Using mayonnaise as a binder adds flavor, and gets the coating to stick better.
  • Get the right texture. Choose a firm, white fish so that it will be flaky while still holding its shape.
  • Look at the thickness. Fillets closer to ¼-inch thick will be done in as little as 8 minutes. Thicker fish can take 10 minutes or more.
  • When it flakes, it's finished. No need to pull out the meat thermometer, when the middle of the fish flakes easily with a fork, it's ready to eat!
  • Make it spicy! Substitute the Cajun seasoning for a blackened seasoning.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 574mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1266IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg