22 Best Air Fryer Seafood Recipes

Air Fryer Salmon Nuggets
Photo by France C.

These days, we're all looking for ways to get a little more seafood into our diets. That's why we love the air fryer. It's a great tool for getting your family to eat more healthy seafood without frying. We've put together a varied collection of seafood recipes for the air fryer, featuring salmon, shrimp, scallops, white fish, crab cakes, fish sticks, even lobster recipes. Give these top-rated seafood recipes a try.

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Air Fryer Breaded Sea Scallops

"Lightly breaded sea scallops cooked in the air fryer with the same results as deep frying, but without the nasty smell or mess!" says Kim's Cooking Now.

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Air-Fried Crumbed Fish

"Crumbed fish is one of my favorite fried items, and this air-fried version of the recipe gives me great flavor without the fat," says Launa.

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Cajun Air Fryer Salmon

Ready in less than 10 minutes! This moist and delicious air-fryer salmon is full of flavor with a Cajun seasoning and a touch of sweetness. France C., the recipe submitter, recommends, for best results, "using center-cut fillets that are about an inch thick."

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Air Fryer Crab Cakes

"Air frying crab cakes means less mess and less cleanup, but at no sacrifice to taste," says lutzflcat. "They're flavorful, crisp, and lighter than if cooked with oil in a skillet. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, aioli, or tartar sauce, as well as fresh lemon wedges."

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Keto Air Fryer Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Mayo

Siracha mayo adds a socko of spicy flavor to these quick-and-easy salmon cakes. "Salmon cakes can certainly be keto-friendly if you just tweak a few ingredients," says France C. "They make a great dinner or you can serve atop a salad for a delicious lunch."

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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Shrimp

"These easy-to-make air fryer shrimp can be served with a salad or on top of rice or pasta," says bd.weld. "Also great as a cold appetizer."

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Air Fryer Lobster Tails with Lemon-Garlic Butter

Yes, lobster tails cooked in your air fryer! It's a thing. Serve them with a lemon-garlic butter sauce. "Loved this!" raves Soup Loving Nicole. "I will never cook lobster in anything other than an air fryer again!"

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Air Fryer Shrimp and Polenta

"Crispy air-fried polenta cakes topped with shrimp, tomatoes, and seasoned butter," Soup Loving Nicole

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Air Fryer Cajun Crab Cakes

"This is a small batch recipe making just three crab cakes in an air fryer, but can be doubled easily," says thedailygourmet. "The seasoning is a starting point and can be adjusted as needed."

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Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

"Super crispy exterior with warm and fluffy pillow centers is what you'll get with this air fryer crab rangoon recipe," says Soup Loving Nicole. "Serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping, if desired."

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Air Fryer Shrimp a la Bang Bang

"This is my take on a popular dish from a restaurant chain," says Soup Loving Nicole. "My version is made in an air fryer instead of being deep-fried. The end result was perfectly crispy sweet and spicy shrimp."

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Air Fryer Salmon Nuggets

"Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside, these salmon nuggets are finished off with a sweet chipotle-maple drizzle," says France C. "These make a great appetizer and are also tasty served over greens."

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Air Fryer Fish Sticks

"Homemade fish sticks that are perfectly crisp on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside," says Soup Loving Nicole. "This was my first attempt at making them in an air fryer, and the results were quite impressive. Dip in tarter or cocktail sauce."

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Panko-Crusted Air Fryer Mahi Mahi

Panko-Crusted Air Fryer Mahi Mahi

"This delicious air fryer mahi mahi with panko breading has a satisfying crunch while the fish fillets turn out perfectly flaky," says thedailygourmet. "Serve with a side of rice or use the fillets for fish tacos."

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Air-Fried Crispy Fish Po' Boys with Chipotle Slaw

Crispy air-fried white fish are topped with chipotle coleslaw and served on toasted hoagie rolls. "These turned out great," raves Soup Loving Nicole. "The chipotle and cilantro in the slaw was a nice change. Bonus is that the leftover fish stayed crispy in the fridge overnight, which is something you will not get with a deep fry."

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Air Fryer Shrimp "Boil"

"All the flavors you love in a shrimp boil in a fraction of the time and with a lot less mess," says Soup Loving Nicole. "No need to wait for a pot of water to boil just to stand over it making sure it doesn't boil over. Air fryer to the rescue! While this is a less messy version, the way I chose to cut the corn still lets you dig in and get your hands messy for that authentic touch. The cob creates a perfect handle for holding while the kernels face upright for easy access."

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Air Fryer Shrimp

"Fish fry seasoning, egg, and a spritz of oil are all you need to make these tasty, crispy air fryer shrimp!" says France C. "Use your favorite brand of fish fry breading mix. Serve with cocktail sauce, lemon-garlic aioli, or whatever you prefer!"

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Air Fryer Mahi Mahi with Brown Butter

Air Fryer Mahi Mahi with Brown Butter
Soup Loving Nicole

"This is a super simple but super tasty fish dish," says FrackFamily5. "You'll want to check your fish halfway through to gauge how much more time you'll need to keep cooking, depending on the thickness of your fish."

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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

"Coconut shrimp come out great in the air fryer, and are served with a simple spicy honey-lime dip," says SUSUMILLER.

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Air Fryer Spicy Bay Scallops

Ready in about 15 minutes. "These spicy scallops are good on their own or can be served in lettuce wraps, tacos, salads, served over rice or pasta," says Soup Loving Nicole. "Serve with lemon wedges if desired."

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Air-Fried Shrimp Fajitas

These quick shrimp fajitas don't require the typical liquid marinade. "You can use your preferred fajita seasoning and serve with toppings of your choice, like sour cream, Oaxaca cheese, and avocado," says thedailygourmet.

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Seasoned Crunchy Cod Fillets in the Air Fryer

Seasoned Crunchy Cod Fillets in the Air Fryer

These crunchy fillets will be ready in less than 25 minutes. "The air fryer does a great job on fish, and the topping on these cod fillets is tasty and crunchy," says Bibi. "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."

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Which Air Fryers Are Best?

air fryer with nuggets and fries
Rachel Johnson

We tested 8 air fryers so you don't have to! Find out which air fryers came out on top in our roundup of The Best Air Fryers, Tested By Allrecipes.

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