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How To Cook Fish In Air Fryer Without Breading

Air Fryer Healthy White Fish with Garlic and Lemon (2 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby


  • 12 ounces of tilapia fillets or other white fish (2 filets, each about 6 ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder, optional
  • Kosher salt or sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Heat the Air Fryer to a minimum temperature of 360 degrees Fahrenheit, and leave it to preheat for about 5 minutes. In the meantime, clean the fish filets by rinsing them and drying them. Afterward, sprinkle some onion powder, lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper after spraying or coating with olive oil spray. Repeat the process on the flip part of the filets.
  2. Place the perforated air fryer baking parchment into the air fryer’s base to aid sticking. Spray the paper lightly. (If a liner is not available, spray the bottom of the air fryer’s basket with sufficient olive oil spray to keep the fillet from getting stuck)
  3. Atop the baking paper, arrange the seasoned fish. Next to the fish, place a few lemon wedges.
  4. At 360°F, air fry the fish for 6 to 12 minutes, or until you can flake the fish with a fork. The length of time it will take to cook the fish in the air fryer typically depends on the thickness of the filets you’re working with, how cold they are, and your personal preference.
  5. (optional) Serve warm, garnished with chopped fresh parsley and toasted lemon wedges.

With the air fryer, there are a lot of possibilities with fish recipes in particular. Feel free to explore with your preferred spices and air fry whatever form of fish you like. Just keep the necessary cooking guidelines and helpful tips in mind to arrive at desirable results.

If you’d like some more inspiration or ideas for cooking fish in the air fryer without breading, we recommend checking out this video recipe.


  • Reducing the cooking time by some minutes may be necessary if the air fryer is already heated or if cooking many batches (except if preheating is required in the recipe you’re following).
  • Add a few minutes to the cooking time if you’re preparing a fish with a thicker quality, such as halibut or cod.
  • Perforated parchment or baking paper was used in the air fryer for this recipe to keep the fish from clinging to the basket and breaking as a result.