Air Fryer Tilapia

I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to cook seafood, and this air fryer tilapia recipe did not disappoint! The fish was cooked perfectly and the flavors went so well together. If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, and delicious dinner idea, then I highly recommend giving this one a try.

air fryer tilapia

Among the most popular fish in the world, tilapia provides a mild taste and firm texture that makes it ideal for a variety of dishes. Native to Africa, tilapia can now be found in ponds and tanks all over the world. In addition to being delicious, tilapia is also a healthy source of protein and and omega-3 fatty acids.

Tilapia is typically farmed, though it can also be caught in the wild. Aquaculture is the practice of farming aquatic animals, such as fish, in order to provide a sustainable food source. When done properly, aquaculture can have a positive impact on the environment by providing a natural filtration system for water and releasing fewer pollutants than land-based farms.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THE AIR FRYER Tilapia?

I am using the COSORI Air Fryer, 5 QT, 9-in-1 Airfryer to cook this quick and easy air fryer tilapia. This large-capacity air fryer can cook for 4 people easily.

You may choose either fresh tilapia fillet or frozen tilapia for this recipe. I am using fresh tilapia as I like the flavor of fresh fish better.

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Ingredients:

  • Filet of tilapia: use fresh or frozen fillets 
  • Garlic powder 
  • Unsalted butter: melted
  • Dried Italian seasoning: add flavoring to the sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

How to cook Tilapia in The AIR FRYER

Preheat: First, preheat your fryer to 400 degrees F.

Season: While the air fryer is preheating, season the Tilapia fillet. Pat dry the fillet and spray some oil on both sides of the fillet. Sprinkle evenly garlic powder, salt, and pepper on both sides of the fish fillet.

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Cook: Light coat the air fryer basket with some oil to prevent sticking. I am using parchment paper instead as parchment paper prevents the fish to stick onto the air fryer basket and cleaning will be less messy after cooking.

Place the tilapia fillet into the air fryer basket. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes at 400 degrees F. The timing requires depends on the thickness of the fish and whether you are using fresh or frozen. Frozen fillets will take slightly longer to cook. Flip the fillets halfway through the cooking.

While the fish is cooking, mix the melted butter with Italian herbs, salt, and pepper into a sauce bowl. Mix well.

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Serve: Finally, once the fish is brown and the meat is flaky. Remove the fish and serve them with your favorite side dishes. Drizzle the butter mixture over the fish.

Frequently asked questions:

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TILAPIA IS DONE COOKING?

Tilapia is cooked through when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the fish.

What To Serve With the air fryer Tilapia?

Serve this air fryer tilapia with some lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauce. I like to serve it with a simple tartar sauce or a rémoulade. You could also serve it with a side of roasted vegetables or a salad for a complete meal.

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

It usually takes about 12-14 minutes to cook frozen tilapia in the air fryer. However, it is always best to check the fish’s internal temperature to ensure it is cooked through.

Tips for making AIR FRYER TILAPIA

  • Cook the tilapia in batches if necessary. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  • If using frozen, make sure to thaw the fish completely before cooking.

air fryer tilapia

Quick and Easy Air Fryer Tilapia

I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to cook seafood, and this air fryer tilapia recipe did not disappoint! The fish was cooked perfectly and the flavors went so well together.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Fillet of Tilapia Fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 4 tbsp Butter Melted
  • 2 tsp Dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • While the air fryer is preheating, season the Tilapia fillet. Pat dry the fillet and spray some oil on both sides of the fillet. Sprinkle evenly garlic powder, salt, and pepper on both sides of the fish fillet.
  • Light coat the air fryer basket with some oil to prevent sticking. I am using parchment paper instead as parchment paper prevents the fish to stick onto the air fryer basket and cleaning will be less messy after cooking.
  • Place the tilapia fillet into the air fryer basket. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes at 400 degrees F. The timing requires depends on the thickness of the fish and whether you are using fresh or frozen. Frozen fillets will take slightly longer to cook. Flip the fillets halfway through the cooking.
  • While the fish is cooking, mix the melted butter with Italian herbs, salt, and pepper into a sauce bowl. Mix well.
  • Once the fish is brown and the meat is flaky. Remove the fish and serve them with your favorite side dishes. Drizzle the butter mixture over the fish.
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