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Air fryer fish fillets with a slice of lemon on top on a plate with rice

Crispy Air Fryer Fish Fillets - Potato Crusted

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  • Author: Susan
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Air Fried Fish Fillets 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Is there anything better than a crispy, golden-brown fish fillet that practically melts in your mouth? If you're nodding along enthusiastically, then you're in for a treat! 

Today, we're diving into the world of air fryer fish recipes, and trust me when I say, this potato-crusted delight is the best way to elevate your dinner game.


Units Scale
  • 1/4 cup of Light Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Dill
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs of Fresh Fish Fillets (Tilapia was used for this recipe)
  • 3/4 cup of Dried Potato Flakes
  • Cooking Spray


  1. In a medium bowl Combine the light mayonnaise, chopped parsley, chopped dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper - mix well.
  2. Pat your fish fillets dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture and preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  3. Coat both sides of each fish fillet with the mayo mix.
  4. In a shallow bowl dredge the fish fillets in the potato flakes.
  5. Spritz your air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and place your fish fillets in the preheated air fryer. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Remove from air fryer and serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • Choose the right fish: Opt for firm-fleshed fish like cod, tilapia, halibut, or salmon for best results in the air fryer.
  • Prep your fillets: Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This helps achieve a crispy exterior.
  • Marinate for flavor: Marinate your fish fillets in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs for at least 30 minutes before air frying for enhanced flavor.
  • Season generously: Season your fish fillets with a combination of lemon pepper, onion powder, black pepper, and a pinch of salt for a well-rounded flavor profile.
  • Preheat the air fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 3-5 minutes before adding the fish. This ensures even cooking and a crispy exterior.
  • Use parchment paper: Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper to prevent the fish from sticking and to make cleanup easier.
  • Arrange in a single layer: Place the fish fillets in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they are not touching each other to ensure even cooking.
  • Don't overcrowd: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket to allow hot air to circulate around the fillets for crispy results.
  • Cook time: Depending on the thickness of the fillets, cook for 8-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the fish is golden brown and cooked through.
  • Check for doneness: Use a fork to gently flake the fish to check for doneness. It should be opaque and easily flake apart.
  • Serve with sauces: Serve the air fryer fish fillets with tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, or a squeeze of lemon juice for added flavor.
  • Pair with sides: Accompany your air fryer fish fillets with your favorite side dishes such as crispy French fries, coleslaw, or a fresh green salad for a complete meal.
  • Make fish tacos: Use the air fryer fish fillets to make delicious fish tacos by serving them in warm tortillas with shredded cabbage, avocado, and a drizzle of lime crema.
  • Store leftovers properly: Store any leftover fish fillets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the air fryer for a few minutes until warmed through.
  • Try air fryer fish sticks: Cut the fish fillets into strips before air frying for homemade air fryer fish sticks that are perfect for dipping in your favorite sauces.
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 fish fillet
  • Calories: 182
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 589.8 mg
  • Fat: 8.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.9 g
  • Protein: 18.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 48.3 mg