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Air Fryer Cod is simple to make and creates a tender piece of cod with a crispy breaded layer on the outside. This cod works perfectly on its on, as a fish fry on a bun with tarter sauce or on Cod Fish Tacos! 

Air Fryer Cod on blue plate

AIR FRYER COD  

We love cod in my house, especially this Air Fryer Cod. 

It is an easy fish to cook and works nicely in many different meals from Cod Fish Tacos to Baked Cod with Lemon.

I love making this Air Fryer Cod because it creates a nice crunchy outside and a soft, flaky inside to the cod.

Using the air fyer is a healthier option than frying the fish in oil in a skillet. 

You might remember when I made this Air Fryer Salmon, Air Fryer Tilapia, Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs or these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders.

I really like to make recipes like this in the air fryer because of how easy it is, very little clean-up is required and like I mentioned, it is a healthier way to get your food crispy. 

The cod I used for this Air Fryer Cod is from Sitka Salmon Shares and is fresh wild caught from Alaska.

The thing I love most about this cod is I can get my whole family to eat it, including my kids! 

Air Fryer Cod in packaging

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS AIR FRYER COD RECIPE?

COD: I love the wild-caught cod from Sitka Salmon Shares. It is light, flaky and perfect for weeknight meals like these Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa

EGG: You will start by dipping the cod into the egg to coat the fish. It helps the other ingredients stick to the fish. 

BREADCRUMBS: The breadcrumbs I like to use are panko breadcrumbs which helps create a nice crunchy crust on the cod. 

FLOUR: I use regular all-purpose flour when I am coating the cod. 

SPICES: If you are making tacos you can add taco seasoning to the breadcrumbs to give it extra flavor. If you are eating the fish on its own or on a bun try Italian seasoning or old bay seasoning. 

Air Fryer Cod tacos

TIPS FOR MAKING AIR FRYER COD

BREADCRUMBS: I used panko breadcrumbs but you can easily use regular breadcrumbs in this recipe.

They help to create a crust on the outside of the cod which I really like and works nicely for tacos or eating it on a bun like you would in a fish fry.  If I am making tacos I like to add taco seasoning to the breadcrumbs. If you are doing more of a fish fry option try adding old bay seasoning or Italian seasoning. 

DON’T OVERCROWD: The key to a perfectly cooked piece of cod in the air fryer is to not overcrowd your cod. I like to make sure there is space between all of the pieces of cod which might mean air frying the fish in two batches. 

STORING COD: You can keep the leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. When reheating the fish you can use the air fryer for about 3 minutes to reheat the cod. I find cod to best the day you make it but it can be reheated! 

HOW TO THAW FROZEN COD: If your cod is frozen and needs to be defrosted you can do that by doing a couple of things. First of all you can thaw it in the fridge 2 days before you need to use it. 

If you are in a hurry to use the cod the other option is to place the fish in a bowl of warm water {not boiling water}. I leave it in the water for about 20 minutes to help thaw it before using. 

WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD COD BE COOKED TO?

It is important to make sure your fish is cooked through and ready to eat.

Cod should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

Air Fryer Cauliflower air fryer   

HOW DO YOU MAKE AIR FRYER COD FISH?

  1. Preheat your air fryer.

  2. To start making your air fryer cod you will need to pull the fish out the package and pat them dry.

  3. Set them on a cutting board and cut them to the size you want.

  4. You can leave them whole or you can cut them into smaller sections based on if you are making tacos or sandwiches. 

  5. Then you will set a bowl with the egg, flour and then the breadcrumbs on the counter in a row. 

  6. From here take each piece of cod and dip it into the egg, then the flour then the breadcrumbs. 

  7. Place the fish in basket of air fryer and cook at 400° for 10 to 11 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through. Cook until the cod gently flakes with a fork or reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. 

  8. Serve on tacos, on a bun or on its own. 

Air Fryer Cod tacos on plate

WHAT IS AIR FRY COOKING?

A lot of people might be wondering how an air fryer works.

It is similar to an amped-up countertop convection oven.

Its compact space promotes even faster cooking.

The top of the unit holds a heating mechanism and a fan.

Hot air rushes down and around the food which is placed in a basket. The rapid air circulation helps crisp up food.

A lot of people compare it to deep frying food but much, much healthier!

It also requires very little clean-up and most of the time the basket in the air fryer can be dish washed.

Air Fryer Cod with logo.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH AIR FRYER COD?

SUMMER ORZO PASTA SALAD

MEDITERRANEAN BEAN SALAD 

MEDITERRANEAN ROASTED VEGETABLES

LEMON ARUGULA SALAD

TURMERIC ROASTED CAULIFLOWER 

MEDITERRANEAN EGGPLANT SALAD 

OTHER SEAFOOD RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE: 

19 DELICIOUS COD RECIPES

PAN FRIED GARLIC BUTTER COD

BAKED PARMESAN FISH STICKS 

GREEK BAKED TILAPIA

MEDITERRANEAN TUNA PATTIES

Air Fryer Cod on blue plate

Air Fryer Cod

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of cod 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs or regular breadcrumbs 
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning {optional for taco recipe}
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or old bay seasoning {optional for fish fry sandwich style recipe or just eating the cod on its own}
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional for spice}
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Tortillas
  • Slaw for the tacos
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Pickled onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer.
  2. Pat the cod dry and set aside on a cutting board.
  3. Set three bowls out that are shallow.
  4. Whisk the egg in the first bowl.
  5. Put the flour in the second bowl and the panko breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and taco seasoning {or whatever seasoning you use} in the third bowl and stir well.
  6. Cut the cod into the size you would like or you can leave them whole.
  7. Dip the cod into the egg and wet both sides. Dip the cod into the next bowl of flour and press into the flour on both sides.
  8. Move the cod to the panko breadcrumbs and press both sides into the breadcrumbs.
  9. Spray the air fryer with non-stick spray. Add the cod in batches to the air fryer and cook on 400° for 10 to 11 minutes, gently flipping halfway through, until the fish reaches 145 degrees F.
  10. Serve in tacos, on sandwiches or on its own.

Notes

You can use regular breadcrumbs if you prefer.

Today’s recipe is in partnership with Sitka Salmon Shares. They send me a portion of their seafood to try. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

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