Saturday 12 October 2019

How To Air Fry Tilapia Fish Properly and Enjoy it!

I like fish very much and when I bought my Salter Airfryer the first thing I ever did was to air fry tilapia fish I bought from one of our local markets. I did not know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by what came out of the air fryer.

The fish was well cooked and it tasted even better than my oven cooked fish. It was also well cooked on all sides.

The air fryer also made it easy for me to turn over the fish during the cooking process due to the non-coating nature of the cooking basket.

I can, therefore, encourage anyone to try air frying tilapia or any fish and you won't regret it.

Below is an air fryer tilapia recipe that you can use to create your own yummy tilapia dish.

Ingredients needed

  • 3 or 4 tilapia fillets
  • fish seasoning or any seasoning of your choice
  • vegetable oil.
  • salt 


  • First, you need to preheat the air fryer to about 400°F.
  • Brush the tilapia fillets on all sides with the vegetable oil or olive oil if you like.
  • Sprinkle the fillets with the fish seasoning of your choice.
  • Sprinkle some salt on all sides of the fish fillets.
  • Place the fish in the non-stick cooking basket
  • Cook for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Halfway through the cooking turn the fish.
  • After 10 minutes check to see if it is well cooked. If not cook again for a few minutes until you are satisfied that it is well fried.
  • Serve and enjoy your yummy fish fillets.

How to Air Fry Whole Tilapia

While I enjoy eating fried fish fillets, I must confess that I prefer buying and frying it whole with all the bones, etc. 

Maybe it is because I grew up in a country where it was rare to find fillets. Therefore when I go to a market I am more likely to buy whole fish than fillets.

To cook this I use more or less the same ingredients mentioned above except that in my case it is a whole fish. I however rarely air fry it whole as I prefer to split the fish into two parts.

The instructions for this are as follows:

  • Preheat the air fryer to about 400°F as above.
  • Airbrush the fish with olive oil and also add some fish seasoning and salt.
  • Then place the fish in the cooking basket.
  • The difference is in the time it takes to cook as in my case I usually cook for about 45 minutes.
  • Turn the fish halfway.
  • Check to see if it is well cooked.
  • Enjoy!

I should point out that I have never been disappointed when I air fry tilapia fish. I actually prefer to air fry than to cook my fish in my oven. The air fryer makes sure that the fish is well cooked on all sides. 

Below is a video demonstration of another air fryer tilapia recipe.

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