Air Fryer Tilapia Recipe

Published on February 16th 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Air Fryer Tilapia on a plate with peas

It seems rare to come across a dish that can be cooked in 20 minutes. Most meals take at least 30-40 minutes to cook. But this Air Fryer Tilapia takes 5 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook.

Coated with paprika, cayenne pepper, and chili powder, the Tilapia roasts up beautifully in the air fryer.

Serve it alongside your favorite vegetables, and you will have a meal on the dinner table in no time. And if you have non-keto eaters at the dinner table, feel free to add some potatoes! We hope you enjoy this flavorful keto recipe.

If you're looking for more air fryer meal ideas, check out our comprehensive guide to air fryer meal prep.

Can tilapia be made in the air fryer?

Yes, Tilapia can be air-fried. The sky is the limit for the number of items that can be air fried; from cakes to roasts and everything in between!

How long do you cook frozen tilapia in air fryer?

It takes approximately 10 minutes to air fry frozen Tilapia.

What temperature should tilapia be cooked to?

Tilapia should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you put frozen fish in an air fryer?

To ensure even and proper cooking times, it's recommended to thaw the fish overnight. Otherwise, you may end up with rubbery or unevenly cooked fish.

Author: Sarah Leadon
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed Lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

  • 2 tablespoons grated Garlic

  • 1 teaspoon Salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

  • 4 Tilapia Fillets

Instructions

Preheat the air fryer to 400 °F.

Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and paprika into a large bowl until combined.

Overview of a glass bowl of spices on a wooden board

Add the Tilapia to the bowl and toss to coat it in the seasonings.

Arial view of a bowl with pieces of Tilapia being coated with spices

Place a parchment paper into the air fryer's basket and add the Tilapia fillets into the basket in an even layer. You may have to make two batches of fish depending on the size of your air fryer.

Overview of an air-fryer basket lined with paper and two pieces of seasoned Tilapia inside

Cook the Tilapia fillets for 10-15 minutes until they are no longer translucent.

Arial of an air fryer basket with two pieces of cooked Tilapia

Serve the air-fried Tilapia on a plate with your preferred vegetables.

Sideview of two plates of air-fried tilapia with vegetables on the side
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Sandra (not verified)

Nice and crisp. Added sweet potatoes slices and they were crispy too

Permalink 22 Sep 2022

Jennifer Dodd

Hello Sarah, glad you liked this recipe and congratulations on the creative added touch of sweet potatoes. Good call.

Permalink 20 Nov 2022

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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon