Updated: Sep 14, 2020
If you have an air fryer, you may find yourself wondering what all you can make with it. You can think of air fryers as an oven that applies more direct heat than an actual oven, and without deep frying it. You won't get the exact same results if you air fry versus deep fry, but you can get it pretty close, and the savings in calories, oil, and cholesterol will make you feel much better about eating it.
Air Fryer fish follows the same steps as you would use to traditionally fry tilapia or catfish, or any hearty white fish, so it's an easy transition! I like to serve these with tartar sauce and cocktail sauce.
2 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
2-4 Tbsp of your favorite creole seasoning or old bay
1 cup milk
2-4 tilapia or catfish fillets
Lets get cooking
1. Place the flour and corn meal into a shallow container, along with 1-2 Tbsp of the creole or old seasoning, and combine with a whisk or fork. If you don't have any seasoning you can use 1 Tbsp each: salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and 1 tsp chili or cayenne pepper.
2. In another container, add the milk and crack the egg and combine with a fork or whisk until well combined.
3. With tongs or your hands, place the fish in the dry mix and turn it to coat all sides, then shake. Then use your other hand, as the wet hand, to transfer it to the egg mix and turn to coat all sides with the egg mixture, then place the fish back to the flour mixture for the final coating.
*Since you are air frying, you could skip the egg portion which will product a lighter, thinner coating on the fish.
4. Spray both sides of the fish with oil so that it will crisp up in the fryer.
5. Spray the air fryer basket, and then place the fish in the basket. Turn the air fryer to 400-425 for 6-8 minutes. Flip the fish and cook again for another 6-10 minutes depending on how well your air fryer is crisping up the fish. You may need to go longer or flip again, respray with oil, and let it go longer if you are not seeing it crisp enough to your liking.
6. When pulling the fish out, be careful because it may fall apart when you take it out of the air fryer (like mine womp womp) now that it is tender, juicy and flaky!