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Air Fryer Cod

by Karly

We love making fish and chips in the air fryer and this Air Fryer Cod is a great start! Crispy breaded cod is a breeze to make in the air fryer. Just pair with some french fries and tartar sauce!

Close up of a square plate with fries, fish, and lemon wedges on it.

I’m pretty in love with fried fish! I think it’s because my dad often went fishing when I was a kid and would bring home fresh fish for us to fry up. Now my husband does the same thing!

Of course, I’m not above resorting to grabbing a bag of frozen cod when I’m at the grocery store anytime the craving hits. 😉

This air fryer cod is a definite favorite these days. Cod is such a mild flavored fish with a nice firm texture. I love it coated in a crispy coating and then air fried. Makes the perfect dinner, especially when paired with our air fryer frozen french fries or air fryer potato wedges!

If you’re able to get fresh cod, that’ll be amazing here! But, the frozen kind of from the local supermarket is pretty darn tasty too, if you ask me. And it’s a nice lean source of protein and loaded with vitamins and minerals. We love adding fish to our weekly menu.

We’re also big fans of these air fryer scallops, frozen shrimp in the air fryer, and air fryer tilapia!

Ingredient Notes:

Ingredients for air fried cod spread out on a countertop.

Fish- Fresh or frozen cod will work here, but make sure it’s thawed.

Breading- You need flour, egg, panko, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and salt.

How to Make Cod in the Air Fryer:

Prep the breading- Grab three shallow dishes that you can dip your fish into. Add the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and paprika to one dish. For the second dish, whisk together an egg. For the final dish, add in your Panko bread crumbs.

Bread the cod- Dip each fillet of cod into the flour dish, then the egg dish, and finally the panko dish. Press the fish into the panko pretty well to make sure it sticks to the fish.

Air fryer the cod– Spritz your basket with non-stick spray or brush the air fryer basket with oil and arrange the fish in an even layer, not touching, in your air fryer basket. Additionally, spray the fish with oil and air fry for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F.

An air fryer basket with cooked cod and lemon wedges in it.


Is air fried cod good?

Absolutely! The air fryer cooks your fish without making it all greasy. Additionally, the breading doesn’t fall apart, or fall off of the fish during the cooking process leading to a consistent texture in every bite of the fish.

How do you store leftover air fryer cod?

Keep your leftover cod in a sealed air-tight container. It will last for 3-4 days. When you want to reheat it, use your air fryer again. It is much better at reheating than a microwave is!

How long does it take to cook cod in an air fryer?

We air fry our breaded cod at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. The cod should be firm and white and flake apart easily with a fork.

Close up of stacked cod that was cooked in an air fryer.

Recipe Substitutions:

If you have a different fish than cod, it can still work with this recipe. If you are using a different fish, be sure they are filleted. We think haddock is the best substitution of cod for the air fryer, but tilapia or walleye are very close. This recipe will also work if you have bass fillets – something my husband loves to catch and bring home!

More Air Fryer Seafood Recipes:

Fish and chips on a square plate.

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Close up of air fried cod.

Air Fryer Cod

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

We love crispy fried fish, but hate the mess of deep frying. This air fryer cod comes out nice and crisp without all the grease. I love serving this with french fries from the air fryer for an easy take on fish and chips.


  • 1 pound cod filets, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup panko
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Tartar sauce, for serving


  1. Place the cod on a paper towel lined plate or sheet pan and pat dry.
  2. Add the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a shallow dish and stir to combine.
  3. Add the egg to a second dish.
  4. Add the panko and remaining teaspoon of salt to a third shallow dish.
  5. Dip each piece of fish first into the flour, then the egg, and finally the panko, pressing to make sure the panko sticks to the fish and fully coats it. 
  6. Spritz an air fryer basket with non-stick spray and arrange the fish in an even layer with space between for air to flow. You may need to work in batches.
  7. Spritz the fish liberally with oil spray and then air fry at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, flipping the fish halfway through cooking. 


Fish is done when it flakes apart easily with a fork. The USDA recommends cooking cod to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

Serve hot, with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1050mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

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Susi Jackson June 6, 2022 - 7:59 am

my air fryer only goes to 390…am I gonna leave the fish in a lot longer?

Karly June 6, 2022 - 9:28 am

Hi Susi! We’ve only made this recipe at 400, but I think you’ll just need to add a couple of minutes at 390. Just keep an eye on it – when it flakes apart easily it should be done. Or use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. 🙂


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