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Crispy Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fish

by Capri Lilly

Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fish. Make delicious fish fillets tossed in a simple breading and cooked in the air fryer until golden and crispy! The outer layer is packed with flavor while the inside is tender and flaky. This recipe is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and easily customizable!

If you love Air Fryer Fish, you’ll want to try my 3-ingredient Honey Garlic Air Fryer Salmon next!

Crispy Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fish served over rice with potatoes and vegetables

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I recently shared my crispy air fryer chicken breast recipe and it quickly became super popular on the site! Since so many people loved the recipe, I decided to give it a try with fish instead of chicken to see if I would get the same tasty results. I am happy to say, this crispy air fryer fish is exceedingly good, and I think you will love it!

Crispy Gluten-Free Breaded Air Fryer Fish served over rice with potatoes and vegetables

Crispy Gluten-Free Breaded Air Fryer Fish

If you’re wondering if you can make breaded fish in an air fryer, the answer is a resounding yes! The coating mix is easy to make and gives the fish such great flavor!

Ingredients needed to make gluten free breaded air fryer fish: fish, cooking oil, seasonings, and gluten free bread crumbs

Here Is What You Will Need To Make This Crispy Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fish

Fish Fillets: You can use whatever whitefish is your favorite. I like to use rockfish, but cod, tilapia, catfish, haddock, and pollock also work well in this recipe!

Avocado Oil: The fish will be coated in cooking oil to help the breading mixture adhere to the fish. Use avocado oil or your favorite cooking oil.

Air Fryer Fish Coating Mix

  • Dried breadcrumbs: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs, if necessary. Use panko breadcrumbs for added texture. I use Schar Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs. Almond flour also works well for a gluten-free, low-carb option.
  • Seasoning: Seasoning the breading mixture is important and gives the fish so much flavor. You’ll need paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
  • Optional Add-in: Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese. Add red crushed pepper and cayenne pepper for a bit of heat or add cajun seasoning or old bay seasoning for added flavor.

For Extra Crispy Fish (similar to fried fish):

  • 1 Large Egg, beaten: Coat the fish on both sides with egg before coating with the breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Flour: Add Flour (Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour or Regular All-Purpose Flour) to the breadcrumb mixture. (optional)

white fish and gluten free air fryer coating mix breading mix gluten free

How To Air Fry Fish

  1. Start by using fresh fish or frozen fish that has been completely thawed. Pat your fish dry with a cloth or paper towel. Then season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper, to your liking.
  2. Coat the fish fillets in oil. I like to use avocado oil. You can also use canola oil, vegatable oil, or olive oil.
  3. Prepare your breading mixture in large bowl or plate. Mix in any optional add-ins like parmesan cheese, cajun seasoning, or red crushed peppers.
  4. Coat each fish fillet on both side in the breading mixture.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Then add the fish fillets in a single layer to the air fryer and cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. If you’d like to get a particular side more crispy, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Crispy Gluten Free Air Fryer Fish close up to show texture

Tips

  1. Fresh or frozen fish works well for this recipe. If you are using frozen fish, make sure, make sure it is completely thawed before cooking.
  2. Use tongs when working with the fish fillets to reduce any mess, especially when flipping the fish in the air fryer.
  3. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  4. Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Overcrowding prevents the fish from becoming crispy.
  5. You may have to adjust the cooking time dependng on the type and thickness of the fish you are cooking. Generally, fish is done cooking when it is flakey and easily falls apart with a fork.

How To Reheat Fish In The Air Fryer

  1. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil and preheat the air fryer at 360°F for 5 minutes.
  2. Place the fish in the air fryer in a single layer and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side at 360°F.
  3. Enjoy!
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I Hope You Enjoy This Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fish Recipe!

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5 from 8 votes

Crispy Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fish

Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fish. Make delicious fish fillets tossed in a simple breading and cooked in the air fryer until golden and crispy! The outer layer is packed with flavor while the inside is tender and flaky. This recipe is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and easily customizable!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine: American, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Keyword: air fryer, air fryer fish, breaded, cod, crispy, gluten-free, healthy, rockfish
Servings: 4
Calories: 234kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Fish Fillets (Cod, Rockfish, Tilapia, or other White Fish)
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 1 cup Dried Breadcrumbs (Use gluten-free, if necessary) or use almond flour.
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Optional Add-ins to the Breading Mixture

  • 1/2 tsp Red Crushed Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour (for even crunchier fish)

*For Even Crunchier Fish, use egg batter

  • 2 eggs, beaten

Instructions

  • Start by using fresh fish or frozen fish that has been completely thawed. Pat your fish dry with a cloth or paper towel. Then, season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper, to your liking.
  • Prepare your breading mixture in a large flat bowl or plate. Mix in any optional add-ins.
  • Coat the fish fillets in oil. I like to use avocado oil. You can also use canola oil, vegetable oil, or olive oil.
    *For even crunchier fish, coat the fish in the beaten eggs instead of the oil. Then coat the fish with the breading mixture.
  • Coat each fish fillet on both sides in the breading mixture.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Then add the fish fillets in a single layer to the air fryer and cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. If you'd like to get a particular side more crispy, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

Notes

Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs I Use: 

Tips

  1. Fresh or frozen fish works well for this recipe. If you are using frozen fish, make sure, make sure it is completely thawed before cooking.
  2. Use tongs when working with the fish fillets to reduce any mess, especially when flipping the fish in the air fryer.
  3. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  4. Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Overcrowding prevents the fish from becoming crispy.
  5. You may have to adjust the cooking time depending on the type and thickness of the fish you are cooking. Generally, fish is done cooking when it is flakey and easily falls apart with a fork.
Nutrition facts for air fryer fish gluten free

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13 comments

Audrey July 9, 2021 - 7:09 pm

5 stars
My family loved this recipe!

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Capri Lilly July 10, 2021 - 10:58 pm

Hi Audrey! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for leaving a review!

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Liz July 9, 2021 - 7:24 pm

5 stars
Big hit with the family! Everyone wanted seconds!

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Capri Lilly July 10, 2021 - 10:57 pm

Hi Liz! I love to hear it! This fish is popular in my household too 🙂

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Jamie July 9, 2021 - 11:00 pm

5 stars
I love the crispy texture of this fish!

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Capri Lilly July 10, 2021 - 10:57 pm

Hi Jamie! The texture is the best! So glad you like

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Raquel July 10, 2021 - 12:19 am

5 stars
Another terrific recipe for the air fryer!

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Erin July 10, 2021 - 2:31 am

5 stars
I struggle with overcooking my fish but this turned out perfectly! Crispy on the outside and tender inside.

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Capri Lilly July 10, 2021 - 10:57 pm

Hi Erin! I am so glad you like!

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Brianna July 10, 2021 - 2:34 am

5 stars
Love this healthy version of fried fish!

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Capri Lilly July 10, 2021 - 10:56 pm

Hi Brianna! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen July 10, 2021 - 3:59 am

5 stars
This dish is incredibly good.

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Brianna May July 12, 2021 - 3:17 pm

5 stars
Love it!

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