Air Fryer Halibut Fresh And Frozen

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How Long Do You Cook Halibut In The Air Fryer?

The air frying time can vary depending on several factors, including the thickness of the fillets and the specific air fryer model you’re using.

However, as a general guideline, you can follow these approximate air frying times:

  • For fillets that are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick: Cook for 8-12 minutes at 190C/380F. Start with 8 minutes and check for doneness; you may need to add a couple of minutes if the fillets are thicker.
  • For thinner fillets (around 1/2 inch or 1.3 cm thick): Cook for 6-8 minutes at the same temperature. Thinner fillets will cook more quickly, so keep an eye on them to prevent overcooking.

Remember air fryers can vary in cooking times and temperatures, so it’s essential to monitor the fish as it cooks.

The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork and has a golden-brown, crispy exterior.

Overcooking can make it dry, so using less cooking time and checking for doneness is better.

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What Temperature To Air Fry Halibut?

Cook at 190°C / 380°F for the best results.

Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the fillets, as mentioned above.

Air Fryer Halibut Recipe Without Breading

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Serves 2

  • 2 halibut fillets (approximately 170-225 grams each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving

How To Air Fry Halibut

Preheat your air fryer to 190C / 380F.

This step is essential to ensure even air frying and crispy results.

Pat the fillets dry with paper towels. Removing excess moisture from the fish will help it crisp up when air frying.

Drizzle the olive oil over both sides of the fillets and use your fingers to rub it in evenly.

Mix the garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over both sides of the fillets, pressing it into the fish.

Place the seasoned fillets in the basket in a single layer, leaving some space between them to allow for proper air circulation.

Cook the fish in the preheated air fryer for 8-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. The fish is cooked when it flakes easily with a fork and has a golden-brown, crispy exterior.

If your fillets are about 1 inch thick, start with 8 minutes and check for doneness. If they are thicker, you may need to add a few minutes.

Carefully remove the fillets from the basket and place them on a plate.

Serving Suggestions

Lemon Wedges

lemon wedges

A classic choice! Serve with lemon wedges on the side for a zesty, citrus kick.

Squeezing fresh lemon juice over the fish can enhance its flavour.

Garden Salad

A fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing goes beautifully with the crispy fish.

Adding ingredients like mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion makes a delicious side dish.

garden salad

Air Fried Roasted Vegetables

air fried vegetables

Season them with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper for extra taste.


Creamy coleslaw provides a nice contrast to the crispy halibut.

Its tangy and creamy flavours complement the fish well.

Creamy coleslaw

Rice or Quinoa

boiled rice

Serve with a side of cooked rice or quinoa.

You can flavour the grains with herbs, lemon zest, or a touch of butter for added richness.

Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower (for a lower-carb option) are a great accompaniment.

Top them with a knob of butter or a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

mashed potatoes

Tartar Sauce

tartar sauce

A classic condiment for fish, tartar sauce made with mayonnaise, pickles, capers, and herbs adds a creaminess and tang to your meal.

Herb Butter

A simple herb butter sauce with fresh herbs like dill or parsley can add flavour to your halibut.

Drizzle it over the fish just before serving.

herb and garlic butter

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Air Fry Halibut From Frozen

frozen halibut

Air frying frozen halibut is quick and convenient with excellent results.

It’s a great option for those busy evenings when you want a tasty and wholesome meal without the hassle of thawing.


  • frozen halibut fillets
  • cooking spray or a small amount of oil (optional)
  • seasonings of your choice (e.g., garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper)

How To Air Fry Frozen Halibut

Preheat your air fryer to 190C / 380F.

Remove the frozen fillets from their packaging and place them on a plate.

If desired, lightly spray or brush the fillets with oil. This step can help crisp the halibut, but it’s optional.

Season with your preferred seasonings.

Common choices include garlic powder and paprika or any seasoning you like.

Place the seasoned fillets in a single layer in the air fryer basket.

Avoid overcrowding to allow proper air circulation.

Cook the frozen fillets in the preheated air fryer for 12-18 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking time.

The exact time will depend on the thickness of the fillets and your specific air fryer model.

  • For thinner fillets, start with 12 minutes and check for doneness.
  • For thicker fillets, you may need closer to 18 minutes.
  • Halibut is done when it flakes easily with a fork and has a golden-brown, crispy exterior.

Once the fish is cooked to your desired level of crispiness and doneness, remove it from the air fryer basket and serve immediately.

Best Way To Store Halibut

Wrap It Properly: Use cling film or aluminium foil to tightly wrap the fillet. Make sure it is sealed well to prevent air and moisture from getting in.

Use a Sealable Bag: Alternatively, you can place the fish in a sealable freezer bag and remove as much air as possible before sealing it. This helps prevent freezer burn.

Store in the Refrigerator: Place the fillet(s) in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in cling film or aluminium foil.

Use It Promptly: Use within 1-2 days when stored in the refrigerator. The sooner you use it, the better the quality and flavour will be.

Store in the Freezer: Place the wrapped fillets in the freezer. Ensure it is not in direct contact with other frozen items to avoid any potential cross-contamination.

Label and Date: Always label the packaging with the date when you stored the halibut. This makes it easier to keep track of its freshness.

Use within 2-3 Months: For the best quality, try to use the frozen fillets within 2-3 months. It will remain safe to eat for a longer time but the texture and flavour may start to deteriorate.

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