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bonnie's crunchy air fryer fish fillets

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Recipe by
BonniE !
Cottonwood, CA

Finally, perfect fish! Crunchy and golden brown. This method will work on any white fish, including salmon. I took my oven fries recipe, added some more spices to it and using the same technique, made some perfect fish in the Air Fryer! I am very excited about this, and hope my Justapinch friends will love it, too! Enjoy!

(1 rating)
method Air Fryer

Ingredients For bonnie's crunchy air fryer fish fillets

  • 2 Fillets
    white fish, any kind
  • 1/2 cup
    panko plain bread crumbs crushed
  • 2
    tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1
    tablespoon parmesan cheese from jar
  • 1/4
    teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4
    teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8
    teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8
    teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8
    teaspoon chili powder
  • 1//2
    teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2
    teaspoon salt

How To Make bonnie's crunchy air fryer fish fillets

  • Crunchy Fish!
    Defrost the fillets or use fresh fish, uniform in size, not too thick or thin. I use a filet about 1/2 inch thick. If you use thicker fish, you will have to adjust the cooking time. I put the frozen ones sealed in plastic wrapping in a pan of water and by the time I get the spices together, the fish is thawed.
  • 2
    I cooked the fish in my air fryer and highly recommend using it for this recipe. I made a liner for mine by inverting a bowl over a sheet of parchment paper, crimping it and then cutting out a circle and then folding the round piece in half and then snipping a few notches so the air could flow around the fish while it is cooking. It works perfectly. You can also purchase parchment liners. But it only takes a minute to make one. The liner aids in turning the fish.
  • 3
    I crush the Panko with a few rolls of the rolling pin.You don't want it too fine. Add all the spices and Panko together in a small dish that will hold one fillet. Rinse the fillets and pat them dry with paper towels, so the oil sticks to the fish. Oil the fish, and then dredge the fish in the Panko mixture. This is important: As you dredge, PRESS the breading firmly into the fish, and it will stick. Press and dredge the fish, turn and repeat, until the breading sticks.
  • 4
    Place the fish gently on the parchment liner in the air fryer. It will take 15 to 16 minutes to bake the fish. Bake at 400 degrees, and TURN THE FISH AFTER COOKING 8 MINUTES, then resume cooking for 8 minutes more, until the fish flakes with a fork and is nice and brown.DO NOT OVERCOOK. The fish will be perfect. Serve with lemons and my homemade tartar sauce.