Seasoned Crunchy Cod Fillets in the Air Fryer

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The air fryer does a great job on fish, and the topping on these cod fillets is tasty and crunchy. Use the fillets as a main dish with some rice and veggies, or as a sandwich filling with lettuce, tomato, and remoulade or your favorite sandwich spread. Make sure the rest of your dinner is nearly done, because these filets will be ready in less than 25 minutes.


  • avocado oil cooking spray
  • ⅓ cup unseasoned panko bread crumbs
  • ⅓ cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning mix (such as Trader Joe’s® 21 Seasoning Salute Blend)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 (5 ounce) cod fillets
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


Create a foil sling in the bottom of a basket-style air fryer, going across the bottom of the basket and up the sides, about 3 inches. Poke a few holes in the bottom of the foil sling, to match the holes in the basket. Spray the sling with avocado oil. If using a shelf-style air fryer, omit this step.

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Combine panko crumbs, yellow cornmeal, seasoning blend, paprika, and salt in a small bowl. Pour buttermilk into a second bowl.

Pat cod fillets dry with paper towels and lightly dust both sides with flour. Dip each flour-coated fillet into the buttermilk, then turn in the crumb mixture. Pat the crumb mixture on all sides of each fillet and place on the foil sling, if using, or on the rack of a shelf-style air fryer. Spray each cod fillet with avocado oil.

Cook in the air fryer until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use the sling to remove cod fillets from the air fryer and serve immediately.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Servings: 3 – Yield: 3 cod fillets



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