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Air Fryer Tilapia

Air Fryer Tilapia is quick and easy to prepare, making it one of those healthy easy dinner recipes for busy weekdays. Flavored with Cajun seasonings and lemon, this tilapia in air fryer is low calorie and keto (has no panko or bread crumbs) and goes well with (cauliflower) rice and vegetables such as Brussels Sprouts.
Course:Main Course
Cuisine:American
Keywords:air fryer recipes, dinner recipe, quick and easy, tilapia
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories28 kcal
Cost $ 1.00 per person

Equipment

  • Air fryer
  • bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 fresh tilapia fillets 5-8 oz each
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley

Instructions

  • To make this air fryer fish recipe, preheat your air fryer at 400° F (190° C) for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix the seasonings together in a bowl. Pat fish dry and apply seasoning on both sides, pressing down to stick on the surface.
    seasoned tilapia fillets
  • Grease the air fryer basket either by spraying no stick cooking spray or by brushing it with a vegetable oil such as olive oil.  Cook in a single layer for 8-10 minutes (depending on the size or thickness of the fillets), flipping halfway through with a silicone spatula if you can. Large fillets or small air fryers will not permit that. But the fish will still cook without problems!
  • If needed, cook them in batches, leaving a space between the fillets for hot air to circulate and cook them evenly. They have cooked fully when they show a brown exterior and are flaky in the thickest part. You can also take their internal temp with a meat thermometer-- it must reach 145° F (63° C).
  • Transfer them to a plate, squeeze fresh lemon juice over them, and sprinkle chopped parsley on top. You may serve with homemade tartar sauce or no sauce at all!

Recipe Notes

Storage:
Store leftover tilapia in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or just until warm.
Although you can freeze leftovers, I do not recommend this because it will be soggy-- despite the fact that this is a no breading air fryer tilapia. It is so quick and easy to make this recipe that it is better to cook it from fresh, based on the number of people to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1216IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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