Crispy Air Fryer Fish Recipe

Crispy Air Fryer Fish Recipe

This crunchy air fryer fish has a delicious lemon Parmesan breading that cooks to crispy perfection in minutes. A healthier alternative to deep-fried fish that is a total crowd pleaser!

This air fryer fish was a real hit at our house thanks to the crispy lemon Parmesan breading. It’s simple to prepare, and cooks through in minutes! Serve it up with perfect fluffy rice and a kale Caesar salad for an easy weeknight meal.

Crispy Air Fryer Fish Recipe


2 tablespoons all-purpose flower note 1

1 egg beaten

⅓ cup Panko breadcrumbs

⅓ c Parmesan cheese shredded; note 2

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 lemon zested on a Microplane

4 fillets cod 3-5 oz each; up to 1 inch thick; see note 3


first, Fish- start with fully thawed fish, and pat dry with a paper towel to remove moisture from the surface of the fish.

Air Fryer Fish

Then prepare to bread- In three shallow bowls, add all-purpose flour, beaten eggs, Panko, Parmesan, lemon zest, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir the Panko mixture until completely combined

After Bread the fish- Make sure your fish is fully thawed, and pat each fillet dry using paper towels. Use tongs or your fingers to dredge the fish in the flour, shaking off excess, then dipping into the beaten eggs. Allow any excess egg to run off before placing the fish in the Panko mixture. Press gently so it sticks, then flip and allow the entire fillet to be coated. Transfer to a clean plate or cutting board and repeat with remaining fillets.

Cook- Heat your air fryer to 400 °F and allow preheating for five -5- minutes. Add the fish to the basket or tray of your air fryer, ensuring the fillets do not overlap. Cook until the fish reaches 145°F in the thickest portion; 6-8 minutes.

Enjoy- Serve with tartar sauce and lemon wedges, sprinkle with parsley if desired.


1- whole wheat, gluten-free, or almond flour may work but have not been tested.

2- freshly grated Parmesan yields the best flavor

3- other varieties include tilapia, haddock, catfish, sole, and snapper. Be sure to select a fish that is certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council

4- nutritional information is ¼ of the whole batch, roughly 4 oz of cod.

5- if using an air fryer oven, cook the fish on the lower rack


Serving: 4oz *note 4 | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 1mg

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