How Long to Air Fry Fish

The cooking time for fish in an air fryer can vary based on the type of fish, its thickness, and the desired doneness. However, a general guideline for cooking fish in an air fryer is between 6 to 12 minutes at a temperature of 400°F (about 204°C). Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

Thin Fish Fillets (e.g., Tilapia, Flounder)

  • Cooking Time: 6-8 minutes
  • Tips: These thin fillets cook quickly. It’s best to check them at the 6-minute mark to prevent overcooking.

Thick Fish Fillets or Steaks (e.g., Salmon, Halibut)

  • Cooking Time: 8-12 minutes
  • Tips: Thicker cuts of fish like salmon steaks might need the full 12 minutes. Flip them halfway through the cooking time for even doneness.

Breaded or Battered Fish

  • Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Tips: Breaded fish can take a bit longer, especially if you want a crispy exterior. Flipping is recommended halfway through cooking.

General Tips for Air Frying Fish

  1. Preheat Your Air Fryer: If your model has a preheat setting, use it. Preheating helps cook the fish evenly.
  2. Use Oil Lightly: Brush the fish lightly with oil or use a spray. This helps in achieving a crispy texture and golden color, especially for skin-on fillets or breaded fish.
  3. Don’t Overcrowd: Place fish fillets in a single layer, ensuring they’re not touching. This allows for better air circulation and more even cooking.
  4. Flip Halfway Through: For thicker fillets or steaks, flipping halfway through the cooking time can promote even cooking and browning.
  5. Check for Doneness: Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Use a food thermometer to check.
  6. Adjust Time as Needed: Depending on your air fryer model and the specific type and thickness of the fish, you might need to adjust the cooking time slightly. It’s always a good idea to start checking a bit earlier than the suggested time to ensure your fish doesn’t overcook.

Cooking fish in an air fryer is a quick, healthy, and delicious way to enjoy seafood. With a bit of practice, you’ll find the perfect timing for your favorite fish dishes.

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