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Crispy Air Fryer Cod: Enjoy This Easy, Tasty Recipe in No Time!

Add a healthy yet delicious dish to your meals with this easy to make air fryer cod recipe.

Cod in an air fryer brings out the delicate flavours of the fish while ensuring a perfectly cooked fillet.

Read on to learn how to cook cod in an air fryer step by step.

air fryer cod

How To Make Air Fryer Cod

You can use the following ingredients as a starting point and adjust the flavours to suit your tastes. You can scale the amounts according to how many people you are serving.

To print out this recipe, head down to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

air fryer cod ingredients

What You Need:

  • 2 cod fillets (approximately 150g each): Cod is a white, mild-flavoured fish. If cod isn’t available, you can substitute with other white fish like haddock or pollock.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil: Olive oil enhances the taste of the fish and helps the seasoning stick. You can use other oils if you prefer.
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika: Paprika adds a sweet and smoky touch. For a spicier kick, you could switch this out for cayenne pepper.
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder: Fresh minced garlic could also be used for a stronger garlic flavour.
  • Lemon wedges for serving: Fresh lemon juice brightens the dish and complements the fish’s flavour.
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional): Parsley adds a refreshing touch and a pop of colour. Other herbs like dill or thyme can also be used for a different flavour profile.
  • Salt and pepper to taste: Add to your preference.

What Air Fryer Can I Use To Cook Cod?

Any air fryer can be used to cook cod. I used a Cosori 4.7L air fryer which was perfect for cooking two cod fillets; you can use any size air fryer, though.

Cosori 4.7L Air Fryer

Making It

Kick off the cooking process by preheating your air fryer to 200°C/390°F. If your air fryer doesn’t require preheating, feel free to move straight to preparing the cod.

Pat the cod fillets dry with a paper towel. This step helps with achieving a nice crust and prevents the fish from steaming.

marinated cod in air fryer

Next, mix the seasonings with the olive oil and brush both sides of each fillet. This ensures the spices stick well to the fish and assists in browning the surface.

When placing the seasoned cod fillets into your air fryer basket, ensure they aren’t overlapping. This allows the hot air to circulate freely, resulting in an evenly cooked fillet.

I used a silicone air fryer liner to test them out. They worked really well and reduced the clean up time. They aren’t a must, just a nice to have if you want to protect the air fryer basket.

cod in air fryer

Set your air fryer off at 200°C and let it work its magic for about 10-12 minutes.

air fryer cod cooking time

Remember, the exact cooking time may depend on your fillet’s thickness, so it’s a good idea to start checking around the 10-minute mark.

You’re looking for an opaque colour and a texture that flakes easily with a fork.

flaky air fryer cod

Air Fryer Cod Serving Suggestions

Once your cod fillets have cooked to perfection, carefully remove them from the air fryer and serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon. The lemon adds a lovely brightness that enhances the fish’s flavours. For a final touch of freshness, garnish your cod with some finely chopped parsley.

This air fryer cod makes a perfect lunch or dinner main, served alongside a fresh green salad, roasted vegetables, or a potato salad. Its lightness makes it a great option for a healthy, protein-packed lunch.

air fryer cod lemon parsley

Storing Your Air Fryer Cod

If you have any leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, using the air fryer again on a lower temperature setting is best to retain the fish’s texture without overcooking it.

cod lemon parsley air fryer recipe

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I hope you enjoy making this air fryer cod recipe; let me know in the comments if you end up making it!

cod in air fryer

Air Fryer Cod

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Make this full of flavour cod recipe with the convenience of an air fryer! Add your favourite seasonings and enjoy a crispy air fryer cod.


  • 2 cod fillets (approximately 150g each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Pat dry the cod with a paper towel.
    2. Mix the oil with the paprika and garlic powder in a small bowl and brush both sides of each fillet with the olive oil.
    3. Place the seasoned cod fillets in the air fryer basket, ensuring they aren't overlapping.
    4. Cook the cod in the air fryer at 200°C/390°F for about 10-12 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your cod fillets, so it's a good idea to start checking for doneness around the 10 minute mark.
    5. Carefully remove the cod fillets from the air fryer and serve with lemon wedges. Squeeze the lemon over the fish just before eating.
    6. If you like, you can garnish the cod with fresh parsley before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 42g

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D. Schreiber

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

For anyone who needs to know, 200 degrees Celsius is approximately 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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