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Air Fryer Tilapia Recipe

Today's air fryer tilapia recipe is the perfect choice for people craving a light meal or brunch. Ready within 40 minutes, our air fryer tilapia is crispy on the outside while juicy and flakey on the inside.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: Air Fryer Tilapia, Air Fryer Tilapia Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 485kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 20 oz tilapia yields 4 fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper divided
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 0.5 oz parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 medium eggs beaten
  • 3 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp coriander finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 oz unsalted dark red kidney beans
  • 3 oz corn
  • 2 oz frozen peas thawed
  • 6 oz cucumber diced
  • 3 oz tomatoes diced


  • Season the tilapia with 1.5 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. Let rest.
    Season the tilapia with the spices and herbs
  • Make the breadcrumb mixture: In a small bowl, mix together the 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, 0.5 oz parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp parsley, and 2 tbsp unsalted butter until well combined. Set aside.
    Make the breadcrumb mixture
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360℉.
    Preheat the air fryer
  • Prepare 3 shallow plates: the first one with 3 tbsp flour, the second with the beaten eggs (2 medium eggs), and the third with the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Flour each fish fillet and shake off any excess. Next, dip in the beaten eggs and coat evenly.
  • Transfer the fish fillet to the breadcrumb mixture. Coat evenly, tap off any excess bread crumbs and set aside on a clean plate.
    For each fish fillet: coat in flour, dip in the eggs, and coat with breadcrumbs
  • Repeat these coating steps with the remaining fillets.
  • Place the coated tilapia fillets in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook for 15 minutes.
    Air-fry the coated fish.
  • While waiting, make the dressing: In a small bowl whisk together the 3 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise, 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp coriander, 2 tsp lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper.
    Make the mayo dressing
  • Toss the vegetable mix of 3 oz kidney beans, 3 oz corn, 2 oz peas, 6 oz cucumber, and 3 oz tomatoes with the dressing until evenly coated.
    Toss the vegetables with the dressing and mix evenly
  • Remove the tilapia from the oven. Enjoy it with the vegetable mix on the side.
    Remove the tilapia from the oven and enjoy with the vegetable side


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 772mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 829IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 3mg