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Air Fryer Tilapia is as healthy as it is delicious, and it’s SUPER EASY as well! It’s a 15 minute dinner recipe you don’t want to miss! The yummiest and flakiest white fish recipe ever!
Air Fryer Tilapia: White Fish in Air Fryer
When dinner needs to happen fast, look no further than fish — and this air fryer tilapia recipe is one of the easiest! In just 15 minutes, you can use your air fryer to whip up a perfectly flaky, flavorful, and tender white fish.
I used tilapia today, but there are several kinds you can choose from: cod, lingcod, grouper, or snapper.
What You’ll Need to Make the Best Tilapia Recipe:
(Full Recipe Ingredients/Instructions are available in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. You can find important tips/tricks in the blog post.)
You only need a few ingredients to make this air fryer white fish taste truly special:
- Tilapia Fillets: This recipe uses 2 medium-sized frozen tilapia fillets, that have been thawed overnight in the fridge. You can also use fresh tilapia instead.
- Flour: Giving the tilapia fillets a light dredge in flour, is what gives these air fryer tilapia a golden, crunchy coating and is really what takes this recipe over the edge.
- Garlic Powder and salt: Mixed into the flour for even coating.
- Olive oil cooking spray
- Lemon juice: for serving
- Parsley: For garnishing- optional.
How to Make Tilapia in Air Fryer:
Learn how to air fryer tilapia with these few simple steps:
Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
Step 3: Prepare the flour and seasonings mixture. In a large bowl, whisk to combine flour, garlic powder, and salt.
Step 4: Dredge the tilapia fillets: dip each tilapia fillet in flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour.
Step 5: Spray the basket of the air fryer with cooking spray and place the dredged tilapia, in a single layer, in the basket of the preheated air fryer. Lightly spray the top of the fillets with cooking spray as well.
Step 6: Air fry: Cook for 10 minutes, flipping the fillets halfway through. Spray once more with cooking spray before flipping.
Step 7: Serve immediately with lemon wedges, if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What type of fish is tilapia?
It’s a white fish that is farm raised. It does have a neutral taste, so for flavor, just add your favorite seasonings.
How do I Know When Tilapia is Done Cooking?
The key to perfectly cooked air fried tilapia is getting the texture just right. When your fish is done, it should flake easily with a fork. If the fillets aren’t flaking, cook them another minute or two and check again. My two fillets were done cooking at exactly 10 minutes.
Because white fish is pretty thin, it can be a little tricky to use an instant-read meat thermometer. If you want to try, fish is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 140 F.
What is the Best Air Fryer?
I make this Tilapia air fryer recipe in my Cosori 5.8 Air Fryer, which I love and recommend. Cooking time may vary depending on your air fryer.
How Long Do You Cook Fish In Air Fryer?
One of the great things about air fryer white fish fillets, is that it cooks quickly so you can get a healthy dinner on the table fast and with minimal prep time.
The exact cooking time varies a little, depending on the thickness of the fish fillets. In a 400 F oven the fish will be cooked in 10-12 minutes.
What Does Tilapia Taste Like?
Tilapia is a very mild white fish with a lean flesh and a flakey texture. So it’s a good choice if you’re unsure about eating fish.
However, if you enjoy eating fish and other types of seafood, be sure you check out a few other fish recipes on the blog: Pan Seared Salmon with Garlic Butter , Salmon Kabobs, Baked Salmon, Air Fryer Salmon and Roasted Whole fish.
How to Store Air Fryer Tilapia:
- Store: Store air fried tilapia in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Reheat: Reheat leftovers at 400 degrees F in your preheated and greased air fryer until heated through- about 4-5 minutes.
- Freeze: Place air fried tilapia fillets on a platter or baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once solid, transfer to a freezer-safe container and store up to 3 months.
What to Serve with these Tilapia fillets in Air fryer:
When you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, this flaky air fryer Tilapia is more than ideal. Ready to serve in 15 minutes, it’s a great healthy dinner recipe that the whole family will love. I hope you enjoy this Air Fry white fish recipe as much as I do.
If you make my Tilapia in air fryer recipe or any other recipe on Salt and Sweet, Let me know how it turns out for you in the comments below! I love hearing from you.