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Air Fryer Fish and Chips

The crispy, crunchy texture you crave when eating fried fish, but with less than half the fat.

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It’s easy to under why the air fryer has become a must-have kitchen appliance. It’s efficient, it’s compact, and it can fry up foods with less fat (in some cases, as much as 75 percent less fat!) and less of a mess. And some of the best recipes to try in your air fryer are those with a crunchy, perfectly crispy breaded exterior – like the classic fish and chips. If you have yet to try Air Fryer Fish and Chips, you’re going to love how flaky and satisfying seafood becomes in this recipe.

Here, we call for snapper for its flaky texture, but you can just as easily swap in catfish – and if you’re opting for catfish, US farm-raised catfish is a sustainable choice. The breading is simple, but it crisps up quickly in the air fryer, allowing you to cook faster and save time whether you’re prepping lunch or dinner on busy days.

And the French fries that make up the “chips” in this fish and chips recipe are so much more than a simple side. The hallmark of air-fryer fries is a crispness that can’t quite be achieved in the oven. The key to a flawless finish? Leave plenty of space between the sliced potatoes for air to circulate while cooking.

Want to maximize your air fryer knowledge? Keep these air fryer tools on hand in your kitchen, and before you clean up for the night, make sure to wash your fryer’s basket properly.

Air Fryer Fish and Chips

Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
44 min
64 min


Crispy fish

  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt and pepper, each
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup whole-wheat panko
  • 2 snapper fillets (about 5 to 6 oz each, 12 oz total)
  • 2 tsp avocado oil (or avocado oil mist, to coat)
  • lemon wedges and tartar sauce or desired dipping sauce, for garnish

French fries

  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • chopped parsley and dipping sauce for serving


Prepare the fish:

  1. In a shallow dish, combine cornmeal, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper; set aside. Crack the egg into a second dish, beat, then set aside. To a third dish, add the whole-wheat panko.
  2. Pat the fish dry, then take a sharp knife and cut each fillet into 3 long strips. Cut the strips in half, yielding 6 pieces per fillet.
  3. Preheat air fryer basket to 400°F. Dredge the fish in the cornmeal and spice mixture, shaking off any excess. Then dip spiced fish pieces into the egg, allowing excess to drip off before coating both sides with whole-wheat panko. Place on parchment-lined tray. Repeat until all pieces are coated.
  4. Using a kitchen brush, lightly coat fish with avocado oil before placing in the air fryer basket. You can also use an avocado oil mist.
  5. Air fry for 4 minutes, then flip, and cook for another another 3 minutes. (Fish should reach an internal temperature of 145°F.) Remove and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before serving. Cook in batches—you may need to do two rounds, depending on your air fryer.
  6. Garnish with lemon wedges, tartar sauce or desired dipping sauce. Serve with Air-Fryer French Fries, below.

Note: Air fryer temperatures vary slightly with each model. Pay close attention while cooking and remove once fish reaches 145°F.

Prepare the French fries:

  1. Wash potatoes under cool, running water. Use a paper towel to scrub away any dirt. Note: This step helps to reduce the starch in the potatoes, lowering acrylamide production.
  2. Fill a clean bowl with filtered water. Using a sharp knife, cut away any bruised areas of the potato, then cut lengthwise into fourths. Cut each fourth into 4 to 6 long fry pieces, depending on thickness preference. Repeat until all fries are cut, then toss them in the water and let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the air-fryer basket to 400°F. Remove fries from water and pat dry with a clean towel. Once dry, toss fries in a bowl with avocado oil and salt.
  4. Set fries in the air-fryer basket, making sure to leave enough space between them to crisp.
  5. Air fry for 5 minutes, then shake the basket every 5 minutes until outer edges begin to brown and fries are crisp but not charred. Fries will be done within 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the air fryer. Cook in batches—you may need to do two to three rounds, depending on the size of your air fryer.
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy with desired dipping sauce.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size ¼ of recipe
  • Calories 231
  • Carbohydrate Content 18 g
  • Cholesterol Content 96 mg
  • Fat Content 9 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 18 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 319 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g