Air Fryer Cod

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This lightly seasoned air fryer cod recipe is flavored with garlic, lemon, and herbs. Tender and savory, this is the perfect easy dinner for your next fish fry.

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Tips and Tricks for Air Frying Fish

An air fryer is a great tool for making all sorts of delicious recipes, including seafood. When cooking fish in an air fryer, you can use fresh or frozen fillets, but make sure not to use beer battered fish, as the liquid will stick to the bottom of the fryer. However, you can still use the air fryer to make cod with breading, as long as it doesn’t use liquid like beer. Thaw your fish in advance and preheat the air fryer to save time, checking regularly to make sure it doesn’t overcook.

Why This Air Fryer Cod Recipe is a Keeper

Making cod fillets in the air fryer is not just quick and easy; it’s a healthy dinner favorite! Here are a few reasons you’ll love this flaky air fryer cod:

  • 15-Minute Air Fryer Meal: This delicious fish recipe only takes 5 minutes to prep, and 10 minutes to cook in the air fryer basket.
  • Family Friendly: This delicious, juicy white fish will satisfy everyone at your family fish fry.
  • Adaptable: Enjoy this crispy fried cod fish whatever seasonings, glazes, or sauces you’d like.

If you’re looking for more air fryer seafood recipes, try these Air Fryer Catfish Nuggets, Air Fryer Fish Sticks, and Air Fryer Pistachio Crusted Fish.

How Long Do You Cook Cod in the Air Fryer?

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Cook the cod in the air fryer for 10 minutes. Make sure to turn it over periodically to make sure it cooks through evenly, and check on it to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

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Ingredient Notes for Crispy Air Fryer Cod Filet

Herbs, lemon and fish.

This easy air fryer cod uses healthy and delicious ingredients. Here are a few notes on what to use:

  • Cod: Use cod loin or cod fillet in this recipe. You can cook frozen cod in the air fryer, or use fresh fish.
  • Parsley: This recipe uses parsley to both season the pieces of cod, and as a garnish.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for the Best Air Fryer Cod Fish

  • All Purpose Seasoning: Instead of salt and pepper, try using all purpose seasoning or Old Bay seasoning instead.
  • Different Fish: You can make air fryer salmon or trout with this same recipe.
  • Oil: Instead of parchment paper, you can grease the air fryer basket with oil.

Special Equipment Needed for Making Crispy Air Fryer Cod

  • Air Fryer: Use an air fryer to make your cod filets a delicious, crispy golden brown.

How to Make Air Fryer Cod Fish

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These are the basic steps for making air fryer cod. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Preparing and seasoning the fish.

Step 1: Prep

Begin prepping by cutting a lemon in half. Pat the cod fillets dry with a paper towel. Then, add a piece of parchment paper to the air fryer, with holes poked into it for better airflow. Spray the air fryer with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2: Season

Next, place the cod on the parchment paper and drizzle half the lemon and olive oil on top of the fish. Then sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Fry and Garnish

Air fry the pies of cod for 10 minutes at 370 degrees F. Afterwards, slice the remaining lemon half and chop the parsley. Sprinkle the pieces of fish with parsley. Finally, place the fish on a plate with lemon slices and serve.

Air frying the fish and finishing with the fresh lemon juice.

Air Fried Codfish FAQs

Yes. Flip the fish occasionally to make sure it’s cooking evenly on both sides.

Enjoy your fried cod fish with tartar sauce, malted vinegar, or roasted garlic aioli.

Try light white wines or champagne with your fried cod. For a non-alcoholic option, iced sweet tea or cola works well.

Two plates of the air fryer cod.

Expert Tips for Making Cod in an Air Fryer

  • Avocado Oil: Instead of olive oil, you can use avocado oil to make cod fish in the air fryer.
  • Herbs: Use fresh herbs to season the cod fish. In addition to the parsley, you can also use thyme, rosemary, or oregano.
  • Check the Fish: While cooking the fish, check periodically to make sure it isn’t overcooked. The cod will be done when it’s crispy on the outside, and the inside is white and tender. Check the internal temperature of the cod with a thermometer. It should be about 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fish Tacos: Try this recipe in fish tacos. Just cut the cod into strips, and serve it in a tortilla with your favorite vegetables and other toppings.
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Air Fryer Cod

Yield: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
This lightly seasoned air fryer cod recipe is flavored with garlic, lemon, and herbs. Tender and savory, this is the perfect easy dinner for your next fish fry.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Cod FIllets, skinned
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Lemon
  • Fresh Parsley

Instructions

  • Cut the lemon in half.
  • Pat the cod dry with a paper towel.
  • Add a piece of parchment paper fitted to the air fryer with holes poked in it for better airflow, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Set the cod on top of the parchment sheet, and drizzle with half of the fresh lemon and the olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes at 370 degrees F.
  • Slice the remaining half of the lemon, then cut into slices. Chop the parsley.
  • Once the fish is done, sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve with lemon slices.

Expert Tips

  • Avocado Oil: Instead of olive oil, you can use avocado oil to make cod fish in the air fryer.
  • Herbs: Use fresh herbs to season the cod fish. In addition to the parsley, you can also use thyme, rosemary, or oregano.
  • Check the Fish: While cooking the fish, check periodically to make sure it isn’t overcooked. The cod will be done when it’s crispy on the outside, and the inside is white and tender. Check the internal temperature of the cod with a thermometer. It should be about 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fish Tacos: Try this recipe in fish tacos. Just cut the cod into strips, and serve it in a tortilla with your favorite vegetables and other toppings.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: dinner, healthy, Main Dish, Supper

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