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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. 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 Cauliflower or this Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower recipe recently. I really like to make recipes 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.

They ship it directly as part of a Community Supported Fishery, which entitles me to a “share” of the catch of one of their wonderfully awesome fishing families in Alaska. If you live in an area that doesn’t get fresh fish {like me in Ohio} check them out! Use my code CedarSpoon for $25 off your first order in 2020.

Air Fryer Cod in packaging

WHY I LOVE GETTING SEAFOOD FROM SITKA SALMON SHARES?

LOCAL FISHERMAN: Their model is different when it comes to seafood. Each fish is individually caught by one of their fishermen-owners or partner fishermen.

Fishermen ownership makes them distinct from their competition and creates a more just system that values hard work, high-quality fish and low-impact harvesting methods

SUSTAINABLE: Their seafood is harvested using fishing methods that minimize negative ecological impacts. That makes me happy since more than two-thirds of the world’s seafood is overfished. They never use high impact trawl or bottom trawl gear. 

Alaska’s sustainable fisheries management system is the strictest in the world, relying on science-based catch limits to ensure that long-term population health

FRESH: The seafood is blast-frozen at the peak of freshness to ensure amazing flavor and quality. In the continental US, your average “fresh” fish at the grocery is weeks old! Fish is one of nature’s most perishable and delicate foods. It spoils quickly, with decomposition beginning the moment it’s plucked from the water.

For this reason, they blast-freeze their fish in small batches at -33°F or colder, right after it is delivered by their fishermen.

This method freezes the fish solid in two hours or less, quickly locking in the fish’s fresh taste and texture. As someone that lives in Ohio with no access to the ocean I am excited when I hear that the seafood I get will be extra fresh. 

CONVENIENT: Home delivered directly to your door, with recipes and a newsletter about the fishermen who caught that month’s share, the fish included each month and educational materials about the health of Alaskan fisheries.

This is one of my favorite parts, especially now that I am trying to go to the store less. 

Air Fryer Cod tacos

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 but you can also use regular breadcrumbs. 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. 

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. 

   

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. Set them on a cutting board and cut them to the size you want. You can leave them whole or you can cut them into smaller sections based on if you are making tacos or sandwiches. 
  3. Then you will set a bowl with the egg, flour and then the breadcrumbs on the counter in a row. 
  4. From here take each piece of cod and dip it into the egg, then the flour then the breadcrumbs. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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 dishwashed.

Air Fryer Cauliflower air fryer

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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