Air Fryer Cod

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Seafood lovers will adore perfectly cooked air fryer cod that is ready to serve in just a few minutes! Making cod in air fryer is so simple, and it’s easy to customize.

Suitable for low carb, keto, paleo, Whole30, and gluten free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

top down view of the completed air fryer cod recipe

If you think cooking fish at home is intimidating, you will love to cook cod in air fryer. The air fryer locks in all that juiciness, ensuring you get a moist and tender air fryer cod fish every single time.

Using the air fryer to cook fresh fish is like having a magic appliance that turns out golden, crispy air fryer cod fish without all the fuss and mess. 

The fish is lightly seasoned, so the delicate flavor of the fish shines through – no need to hide it under a ton of breading or batter like those frozen fish filets! And it’s just as simple to prepare.

Plus, you can easily customize your air fryer cod recipes for a flavor profile you will love. Just like this Air Fryer Tilapia and this perfect Air Fryer Salmon.

air fryer cod served with a green salad

If you’re wondering why you should make air fried cod at home instead of ordering takeout, let me tell you it’s not only about the taste (although that’s a significant factor). Making this at home is a total money-saver, and it’s a healthy dinner too!

P.S. want even more better than takeout air fryer recipes? This Air Fryer Fish and Chips recipe is a must try!

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Why Make This Recipe

  • It’s Deliciously Light – Unlike frozen fish loaded with heavy breading or batter, these air fryer cod filets are lightly seasoned, allowing the fish’s natural flavor to shine through. 
  • It’s Healthier – By using the air fryer, you can enjoy crispy, golden cod without the need for excessive oil, making it a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods. 
  • It’s Flaky and Tender – This comes out perfectly cooked, flakey, and tender every time, making each bite a delightful experience.
  • It’s Easy to Make at Home – This recipe makes cooking fish at home a breeze, removing any intimidation or mess associated with traditional frying techniques. 
  • And if you like fish then please do check out these awesome Air Fryer Fish Recipes. Sooooo much choice.
a fork removing one bite of air fryer cod from a plate

Ingredient Notes

  • Cod Filets – Look for fresh or frozen wild-caught cod filets that are boneless and skinless. If you can’t find cod, use other firm white fish like haddock, pollock, or tilapia.
  • Olive Oil – Or another light, neutral flavored oil. 
  • Salt – Enhances the flavor of the fish. You can use sea salt, kosher salt, or any other salt you have on hand.
  • Pepper – Freshly ground black pepper adds a subtle hint of spiciness. You can use a pinch of cayenne pepper if you like a little kick.
  • Onion Powder – Provides a lovely savory flavor to complement the fish. You can use finely minced fresh onions if you don’t have onion powder.
  • Parsley – Fresh parsley adds a pop of color and a touch of freshness. If you don’t have parsley, you can use dill, cilantro, or chives as alternatives.
the ingredients for making air fryer cod

Ready to make this cod air fryer? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

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How To Make Air Fryer Cod

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  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C. 
  2. Pat fish dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  3. Combine the salt, spices and oil in a bowl to create a marinade. Brush the marinade over the cod filets and let them rest on a covered plate for 15 minutes. 
  4. Spritz the air fryer basket with oil, then carefully transfer the cod filets to the air fryer basket.
  5. Air fry cod fish for 5 minutes, flip with a spatula and cook for another 4 minutes.
  6. Before serving, the fish can be sprinkled with fresh lemon juice and with parsley.
image collage showing the steps for making air fryer cod

Note: Always check for doneness with an instant read thermometer. The internal temperature should be 145 degrees F / 63 degrees C when inserted into the thickest part of the fish.

Expert Tips

  • Before seasoning, make sure to pat the cod dry with paper towels. This helps the seasonings adhere better and prevents excess moisture during cooking.
  • Preheat your air fryer to ensure even cooking and help achieve that crispy exterior.
  • Arrange the cod filets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding to allow proper air circulation for even cooking.
  • Flip the cod halfway through the cooking time for even cooking on both sides. This ensures a crispy texture on both sides.
  • Cooking times can vary depending on the thickness of the filets and the power of your air fryer. Keep an eye on the fish and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • To check if the cod fillets are cooked through, use a fork to gently flake the thickest part. The fish should easily separate into large, opaque flakes.
  • Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of fresh parsley or your preferred herbs for a lovely finishing touch that adds flavor and visual appeal.
  • Air fryer cod recipes are best enjoyed right after cooking when they are crispy and tender.
  • Check out how to clean an air fryer well after cooking to avoid transfer of food smells.
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top down view of the cod in air fryer basket

Delicious Variations

  • Add A Dipping Sauce – Consider serving the filets with a variety of dipping sauces, like tartar sauce, aioli, or lemon wedges for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Experiment with Seasonings – Don’t be afraid to get creative with the seasonings! Try different herbs, spices, or citrus zest to find your perfect flavor combination. Our favorites include garlic powder, old bay seasoning, lemon slices, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and blackened seasoning.
  • Add Breading – Coat the fish with breadcrumbs, panko breading, or flakes of coconut for extra crunch and flavor. 
  • Make Fish Tacos – Season with taco seasoning, and after cooking cod in the air fryer, add it to tacos for a tasty meal.
two portions of air fryer cod on a ceramic plate

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Prepare the marinade and let the filets marinate for about 15 minutes. 
  • Store – Air fryer cod is best served fresh but can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Freeze – Freezing leftover cod is not recommended, as the texture will become mushy when thawed and reheated. 
  • Reheat – check out how to Reheat Fried Fish in Air Fryer.
the completed air fryer cod recipe

FAQs

Can I Cook Frozen Cod in Air Fryer?

Yes, you can air fry frozen cod, but you need to make a few adjustments. First, rinse the frozen cod under cold water for a quick second.

Add the frozen cod to a cold (not preheated) air fryer and cook for 4 minutes to jumpstart the thawing process. Remove the cod fish filets from the air fryer season and return to the air fryer to cook as directed. 

How Long to Cook Air Fry Cod Fish?

The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets and the air fryer’s power. As a general guideline, air fry cod fish at 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C for about 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

What Other Types of Fish Can I Use?

This recipe works well with other firm white fish such as catfish, haddock, pollock, or tilapia.

the finished air fryer cod inside the air fryer basket

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Air Fryer Cod

Crispy and tender fish filets cooked in the air fryer.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Marinating Time15 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 2
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces (420g) cod fillets two 8-ounce fillets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon parsley for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees c.
  • Combine the salt, spices and oil in a bowl to create a marinade. Brush the marinade over the cod filets and let them rest on a covered plate for 15 minutes.
  • Spritz the air fryer basket with oil, then carefully transfer the cod filets to the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry cod fish for 5 minutes, flip with a spatula and cook for another 4 minutes.
  • Before serving, their fryer cod fish can be sprinkled with lemon juice and with parsley.
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Notes

  • Before seasoning, make sure to pat dry the cod fish with paper towels. This helps the seasonings adhere better and prevents excess moisture during cooking.
  • Preheat your air fryer to ensure even cooking and help achieve that crispy exterior.
  • Arrange the cod filets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding to allow proper air circulation for even cooking.
  • Flip the cod halfway through the cooking time for even cooking on both sides. This ensures a crispy texture on both sides.
  • Cooking times can vary depending on the thickness of the filets and the power of your air fryer. Keep an eye on the fish and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • To check if the cod fillets are cooked through, use a fork to gently flake the thickest part. The fish should easily separate into large, opaque flakes.
  • Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of fresh parsley or your preferred herbs for a lovely finishing touch that adds flavor and visual appeal.
  • Air fryer cod recipes are best enjoyed right after cooking when they are crispy and tender.
  • Storage – refrigerate leftovers tightly wrapped or in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
  • There is just 1 WW Blue Plan SmartPoint in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 706mg | Potassium: 960mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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