Air Fryer Fish & Chips

5 from 2039 votes

Enjoy crispy fish without the need for deep frying. Air fryer fish is ready in minutes and is so easy to make - perfect pairs with some fries

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This Air fryer fish and Chips recipe is a healthier way to enjoy one of your favorite restaurant meals. Made in minutes, this crispy cod is coated with panko and cooked in the air fryer for perfectly cooked fish without the need for deep frying. Such a great family weeknight meal.

Air fried fish and chips served with tartar saucse and lemon wedge
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I just know that you are going to love this air fryer fish recipe! It’s so quick and easy without the mess or calories, and it’s hands down delicious! Serve it up with Oven Baked French Fries or Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries and tartar sauce for a delicious weeknight meal.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Fish: We use cod fillet in this recipe. We cut it into strips before coating in breadcrumbs and cooking in the air fryer. You can make this with recipe with other white fish.
  • Flour: We use all purpose flour, but you can use a 1:1 gluten-free flour if you have an intolerance.
  • Seasonings: Paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Egg: The cod strips are dipped in egg to allow the breadcrumbs to stick.
  • Breadcrumbs: To get super crispy fried fish, we use panko breadcrumbs. You can make this with regular breadcrumbs, but they won’t come out as crispy. You can swap for gluten-free if you have an intolerance.

How to make air fryer fish

Set up your dredging station with three bowls with the flour mixture, egg and panko breadcrumbs. I like to add paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper to the flour. You can also just season the fish first on its own.

Dredging station for the fish: flour and spices, eggs, panko, breadcrumbs

Pat the fish dry with a paper towel, and then one by one dip them in the flour, egg and then breadcrumbs, and place on a baking sheet.

Cod fish cut into long fillets drying on paper towel

Spray both sides with oil and then cook in the air fryer.

Breaded fish before frying in the air fryer

Check that the fish is cooked to your liking by testing with a fork to see if it flakes easily. You can return the fish for another 1 or 2 minutes if you need to.

Breaded fish after air fried on a tray with lemon wedges

Tips for making COD in the air fryer

  1. Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. The fish strips shouldn’t be touching, so cook them in two batches if needed.
  2. Remove as much moisture from the fish before breading it. Dab the fish with absorbent kitchen towel to get rid of any excess moisture. If the fish is too wet, it can steam, meaning that your breadcrumb coating could end up soggy rather than crispy.
  3. Pre heat your air fryer. This means that the temperature and air flows will be at the right level when you cook the fish. If you don’t pre heat it can cook your food unevenly.
  4. Make sure that the cod is cooked through. Depending on the thickness of your fillets, they may take slighter longer, or quicker, to cook through. Use a fork to test the thickest piece, the flesh should easily flake.

Frequently asked questions

Can you reheat air fryer fish?

Cooked seafood will keep safely in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. You can reheat the fish for serving in a pre heated air fryer for around 3 to 4 minutes and it will stay wonderfully crispy.

Can you use frozen fish for this recipe?

It’s best not to use still frozen fish in this recipe as the breadcrumb coating will not stick and the frozen fish will contain a lot of water. You can still use frozen fish, just make sure to let it thaw in the fridge overnight and be sure to remove as much excess water as you can.

How long does it take to cook fish in the air fryer?

The crispy fish will take about 10 – 12 minutes in the air fryer, depending on the thickness of your fillets and the model of air fryer you are using. Check the fish for doneness after 10 minutes and cook for another couple of minutes if needed.

Plate of fish and chips with tartar sauce

I love that this air fryer fish comes out so wonderfully crispy without the need for deep frying. It’s so quick and easy to make. Serve it alongside some steamed veggies for a well balanced family meal.

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Air Fryer Fish & Chips

Enjoy crispy fish without the need for deep frying. Air fryer fish is ready in minutes and is so easy to make – perfect pairs with some fries
5 from 2039 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 200
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
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  • In a small bowl, mix the flour with paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Place the beaten egg in another bowl and the panko breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
  • Pat the fish dry using a paper towel. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture, then the egg and finally the panko breadcrumbs, pressing down lightly until the crumbs stick. Spray both sides with oil.
  • Air fry at 400°F, turning halfway through until crispy and lightly golden, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Open basket and check for desired doneness with a fork to see if it flakes off easily. You can return the fish for another 1 or 2 minutes, if necessary.
  • Serve immediately with fries and tartar sauce, if desired.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. To reheat, just place in the airfryer at 360°F for 2-3 minutes until heated through and crispy. You can also reheat in the microwave but the fish won’t retain its crispy texture that way.
* Please note the nutrition label does not include the fries served with the fish.


Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 424mg, Potassium: 544mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 598IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Main Course

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  1. Brenda says:

    Perfect! I cut the cod in smaller pieces and dressed it as you indicated. The best I’ve had in the air fryer. This will be my go to recipe.

    Thank you!

    1. Yumna says:

      Yay! Thanks, Brenda!

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