Seasoned Crunchy Cod Fillets in the Air Fryer


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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
22 mins
3 cod fillets


  • avocado oil cooking spray

  • cup unseasoned panko bread crumbs

  • 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


  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Cook's Note:

This recipe was developed for a 5.8-quart basket-style air fryer. Different styles, capacities, and brands may yield a different result.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

224 Calories
2g Fat
23g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 224
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 595mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 693mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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