Air Fryer white fish is healthy, easy and always delicious. There’s so much to love about this quick and easy low carb fish recipe in the air fryer. You can use any white fish you like. We tested this air fryer tilapia recipe for our test kitchen and they loved it! 

Healthy Air Fried Fish Recipe in Air Fryer in a basket

Healthy Air Fryer White Fish Recipe (Tilapia)

It won’t take long to prepare a healthy fish dinner for the family. The possibilities are endless because you can use what ever spices you want for this air fried tilapia. We love using simple garlic power and lemon pepper seasoning. But you can use paprika, onion powder, curry powder or what ever your heart desires. The fish comes out fantastic and always perfect. Add some fresh lemon for an over-the top yummy!

Healthy Air Fried Fish Recipe in Air Fryer on a plate

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Low Carb Fish in Air Fryer Recipe

The reason why it’s healthy low carb fish recipe because there’s no bread crumbs. We created an easy tilapia air fryer recipe that was clean tasting and wanted as little carbs as possible. Everyone our test kitchen enjoyed this! Make a healthy fish salad for lunch! Just it to a bed of lettuce and you have a fantastic dish for lunch or dinner. The fresh lemons make it extra great so make sure to squeeze fresh lemon juice on top! But if you want to add a crispy outside breading, here’s some ideas for low carb coatings:

  • Crushed pork rinds for Keto
  • Almond flour
  • sesame seeds
  • crushed nuts
Healthy Air Fried Fish Recipe in Air Fryer on a plate

How to Cook White Fish in Air Fryer 

  1. Rinse and pat dry the fish. Remove any small bones.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder or your preferred spices. We love using lemon pepper on white fish.
  3. Lightly spray the air fryer basket/rack or lay a perforated parchment sheet or silicone mat.
  4. Some fish filets are thicker than others. Halibut and Cod filets are thicker than tilapia filets. So if air frying with halibut or cod, add an additional 1-2 minutes until it’s cooked to your preferred texture.
  5. If you’re air frying in a larger air fryer with multiple filets (3-4), then you will need to add more cooking time.
  6. More recipe details in the recipe box below.
Healthy tilapia recipe step by step photos

Air Fryer Perforated Parchment Paper Rounds

If you use perforated parchment paper, there’s no sticking and easy cleanup. That’s why these parchment or baking sheets are fantastic. It makes cooking delicate fish so much easier to release without sticking or tearing the fish. These air fryer sheets are perforated, which allows air to circulate through and provide more even cooking. They are super easy to use. There’s many different sizes, so make sure you buy the one that fits your air fryer basket! Here are the ones we usually buy: Air Fryer Parchment Paper.

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Air Fryer Healthy White Fish with Garlic & Lemon

There's so many possibilities to this recipe. Air Fry what ever flat white fish you want and choose your favorite spices. If you’re cooking a thicker fish like halibut or cod, just add a few minutes extra cooking time. To avoid sticking and tearing of the fish, we like to use perforated parchment/baking paper made for air fryers.
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  • 12 ounces (340 g) tilapia filets , or other white fish (2 filets-6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) onion powder , optional
  • kosher salt or sea salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • lemon wedges


  • Pre-heat Air Fryer to 360°F for 5 minutes. Rinse and pat dry the fish filets. Spray or coat with olive oil spray and season with garlic powder, lemon pepper, and/or onion power, salt and pepper. Repeat for both sides.
    Season White Fish
  • To help sticking, lay perforated air fryer baking paper inside base of air fryer. Lightly spray the paper. (if not using a liner, spray enough olive oil spray at the base of the air fryer basket to make sure fish does not stick)
    Line & Spray Perforated Parchment Paper
  • Lay the fish on top of the paper. Add a few lemon wedges next to fish.
    Air Fry at 360°F for about 6-12 minutes, or until fish can be flaked with a fork. Timing will depend on how thickness of the filets, how cold the filets are, & individual preference.
    (optional) Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve warm with the toasted lemon wedges.
    Air Fry White Fish

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 89mg, Potassium: 514mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg