Frozen Breaded Fish in Air Fryer

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Looking for a crispy quick meal idea that is sure to please? Frozen breaded fish in the air fryer is a good idea!

Crispy on the outside and flakey on the inside, this air fryer frozen breaded fish serves well with fries, mushy peas, lemon wedges, tartar sauce – whatever you like!

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Frozen breaded fish made in the air fryer – easy and so good!

Recipe Tips

Before you head to the kitchen to make frozen breaded fish fillets in the air fryer, read through these few recipe tips so that you achieve the best results!

  • You don’t need to defrost the frozen fish first. Just place it in the preheated air fryer from frozen.
  • There’s also no need to spray these breaded fillets with oil – the breading usually contains oil to allow the fish to crisp up nicely.
  • We made frozen breaded cod in the air fryer – but there are other types of breaded frozen fish that will also work well. The type of fish, the size of the fillet, and your air fryer will impact the cooking time. Just be sure to cook your fish to an internal temperature of 158 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Don’t overcook the fish as this can make it dry.

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Step by Step Instructions

For those wanting to know exactly how to cook frozen breaded fish in the air fryer, you can check out the steps with visuals in this section.

If you want to skip the visuals, you can also find the detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post!

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Place the frozen breaded fish fillets into the air fryer.

To start, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it is preheated, add the frozen breaded fish fillets in one even layer. Don’t overlap the fish fillets so that they can cook evenly.

four crispy breaded fish fillets laying on black air fryer tray.
Make sure the fish fillets are fully cooked.

Air fry the frozen breaded fish fillets at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 11-14 minutes total until fully cooked and crispy on the outside.

Flip the fish fillets halfway through the cooking time.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer, the type of fish you use, and the thickness of the fillets. The internal temperature should be 158 degrees Fahrenheit.

crispy breaded fish on white plate with green peas beside all on wooden board.
Air fryer frozen breaded fish – ready for enjoying!

Once cooked, remove the breaded fish fillets from the air fryer and let them sit for 2 minutes.

Then serve them with lemon wedges, tartar sauce (optional), or other sides of your choice. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

Once you air fry frozen breaded fish, it’s best to enjoy it hot and fresh that day. You can store any leftover fish in a sealed container in the fridge.

Properly stored, they’ll last for 2-3 days but try eating them sooner rather than later.

The breading on stored fish tends to get softer in the fridge but it can still be tasty once reheated (you can use the air fryer for this).

Related Recipes

If you liked this recipe for frozen fish, here are some other tasty seafood creations that might spark your fancy:

crispy breaded fish on white plate with green peas beside all on wooden board.

Air Fryer Frozen Breaded Fish

Frozen breaded fish is easy to make in the air fryer. Crispy on the outside and flakey inside, breaded fish is a great quick meal idea!
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Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 frozen breaded fish fillets
  • lemon wedges, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When it is preheated, add the frozen breaded fish fillets in one even layer into the air fryer. Don't overlap the fish fillets so that they can cook evenly.
  • Air fry the frozen breaded fish fillets at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 11-14 minutes total until fully cooked and crispy on the outside. Flip the fish fillets halfway through the cooking time. The exact cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer, the type of fish you use, and the thickness of the fillets. The internal temperature should be 158 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once cooked, remove the breaded fish fillets from the air fryer and let them sit for 2 minutes.
  • Then serve them with lemon wedges, tartar sauce (optional), or other sides of your choice. Enjoy!

Notes

  • We used frozen breaded cod fillets. Other breaded fish will also work but the cooking time can vary.
  • The thickness of the fillets will also affect cooking time. Don't consume fish that is not fully cooked, but don't overcook it either (that can dry the fish out). The internal temperature should be 158 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 954mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Lisa is the main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer almost 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested every single recipe on Simply Air Fryer.

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