Irresistibly Moist Air Fryer Cod Dishes Made Easy

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When it comes to achieving the perfect balance between succulent and crispy, there’s nothing quite like cooking cod fillets in the air fryer.

air fryer cod

How Long To Cook Cod In The Air Fryer?

As a general guideline, for fresh cod fillets that are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in thickness and cooked at 200C /400F, the time is around 10-12 minutes.

However, it’s important to keep an eye on the cod fillets as they cook, as cooking times can vary based on factors such as the specific air fryer model, the size and thickness of the fillets, and your level of crispiness.

For thinner fillets, you might need slightly shorter cooking times, while thicker fillets may require a bit more time.

What Temperature To Air Fry Cod Fillets?

For achieving the perfect balance of a moist, flaky interior and a crispy exterior when cooking fresh cod fillets, a temperature of 200C / 400F is recommended.

Air Fryer Cod Recipe No Breading

raw cod fillets


Serves 2

2 Fresh Cod Fillets

1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Granules

1/2 Teaspoon Paprika Powder

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Lemon wedges and fresh parsley to garnish

Preparing Cod Fillets

Before you start the cooking process, carefully inspect the fillets for any bones and remove them using tweezers.

Once your fillets are bone-free, dry them with kitchen paper.

Use a small bowl and add the olive oil, paprika and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well.

Brush both sides of the cod with the seasoned oil.

How To Cook Cod In The Air Fryer

Begin by preheating your air fryer to 200C / 400F for 5 minutes.

Gently place the coated cod fillets in the basket, leaving space between each fillet for proper air circulation and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Halfway through the cooking time, turn the fillets.

Towards the end of the cooking time, keep an eye on the fillets so they don’t overcook and become dry.

The cod will be cooked when a meat thermometer reaches the internal temperature of 63C/145F.

Serve with a squeeze of lemon and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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The Perfect Side Dishes to Serve With Cod

Healthy Veggie Mix

air fryer vegetables

What Vegetables Are Good In The Air Fryer?

Enjoy classic choices like potatoes and carrots, or explore with cauliflower and asparagus, all cooked to perfection.


Serves 4

  • 3 medium sliced carrots
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 250g trimmed green beans
  • 250g fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 medium diced potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

Preparing The Vegetables

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced carrots, broccoli florets, trimmed green beans, and peas.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Add minced garlic, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper. Toss to mix, making sure the seasonings are well-distributed.

Air Frying Roasted Vegetables

  • Preheat your air fryer to 190C / 380F for about 5 minutes.
  • Place the seasoned vegetable mixture in the basket. Spread them out for even cooking.
  • Cook the vegetables for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Once the vegetables are tender and have a crispy exterior, remove them from the basket and enjoy.

Creamy Cauliflower Mash

air fryer cauliflower mash

Can You Make Cauliflower In An Air Fryer?

Absolutely! Cauliflower can be air-fried easily. This cooking technique works wonders on cauliflower, turning it into a crispy flavourful vegetable.

How Long Does Cauliflower Take To Cook In An Air Fryer?

The cooking time for cauliflower generally ranges from 12 to 15 minutes. However, it’s important to note that the exact cooking time can vary based on factors such as the size of the cauliflower florets, the specific air fryer model you’re using, and your level of crispiness.


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons double cream
  • 28g grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh chives, chopped (for garnish)

Chop the cauliflower into small florets, ensuring they are similar in size for even cooking.

Preheat your air fryer to 190C / 380F for about 5 minutes.

Place the cauliflower florets in the basket. You may need to do this in batches to avoid overcrowding.

Cook the cauliflower for 12-15 minutes or until the florets are tender and slightly golden, shaking the basket halfway through for even cooking.

Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl.

Add the butter, double cream and grated cheddar cheese while the cauliflower is still warm.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Use a potato masher to mash the cauliflower until smooth and creamy. You can adjust the consistency by adding more cream if desired.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Sprinkle freshly chopped chives over the creamy cauliflower mash for an extra burst of flavour and colour.

Note:Feel free to customise this recipe by adding roasted garlic, herbs, or different types of cheeses to suit your taste preferences.

Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes

air fryer sweet potato chunks

Are Air Fried Sweet Potatoes Healthy?


Serves 4

  • 2 to 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to season

Wash and pat dry the sweet potatoes. Cut your sweet potatoes into even, bite-sized pieces. This not only guarantees consistent cooking but also ensures that every piece gets crispy and soft inside.

Preheat your air fryer to 200C / 400F.

Make a simple seasoning blend for your sweet potatoes.

In a bowl, toss the sweet potato pieces with a drizzle of oil, a pinch of salt, and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.

NOTE: Try seasoning your sweet potatoes with a mix of herbs like rosemary and thyme or for a spicy twist try a pinch of paprika and cumin.

Place your seasoned sweet potato pieces in the basket, ensuring they’re evenly spread out.

Set your temperature to 200C / 400F and cook the sweet potatoes for about 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket or turning the pieces halfway through. When cooked the sweet potato pieces should have a golden-brown exterior and a fork should easily glide through the centre.

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Air Fryer Cod Variations

Air Fryer Lemon & Parmesan Crusted Cod

lemon and parmesan crusted cod

This combination adds a tangy kick and a rich flavour to your cod.

In a bowl, combine 60g breadcrumbs, 60g grated Parmesan cheese, zest of half a lemon, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, salt, and pepper to season.

Dip each cod fillet into 2 tablespoons of melted butter, ensuring it’s coated evenly.

Press the butter-coated cod fillets into the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to stick the coating.

Air fry for 10-12 minutes at 200C/400F. Check regularly if the crust starts to burn cover the fish with a piece of foil.

Air Fryer Spicy Cajun Cod

spicy cajun cod

This Spicy Cajun Blend is a versatile seasoning that can add a bold and spicy twist to your cod.

Add a teaspoon or more according to taste to 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix well.

Brush both sides of the cod fillets and air fry at 200C / 400F for 10-12 minutes.

Store any leftover Spicy Cajun rub in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

The spice can be used as a dry rub for meats, a seasoning for vegetables, or a flavourful addition to sauces and marinades.

How To Cook Frozen Cod in The Air Fryer

frozen cod

Air-frying frozen cod is a convenient way to enjoy a quick and delicious meal.

Lightly brush or spray both sides of the fillets with olive oil or cooking spray.

Sprinkle your preferred seasonings on both sides of the cod fillets.

Cook the frozen cod fillets in a preheated air fryer for about 12-15 minutes at 190C /380F.

Since they are frozen, they might take slightly longer than fresh fillets.

Halfway through the cooking time, gently turn the fillets to ensure even cooking and browning on both sides.

To ensure the cod is thoroughly cooked, use a fork to check if it flakes easily.

The internal temperature when checked with a meat thermometer should reach 145°F (63°C) when cooked.

Note: Cooking times might vary based on the thickness of the frozen cod fillets and your specific model. It’s always a good idea to check the fillets for doneness to avoid overcooking.

Air Fryer Cod In Breadcrumbs

air fryer breaded cod


Serves 2

  • 2 fresh cod fillets
  • 50g panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • salt and pepper – to taste
  • fresh parsley to garnish

Pat the cod fillets dry with kitchen paper.

Preheat the air fryer to 200C / 400F for 5 minutes.

Make two stations, one for the beaten egg and one for the breadcrumbs.

Mix the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and onion powder in one bowl.

Dip the cod fillets into the beaten egg and then the breadcrumbs. Make sure the cod is fully covered.

Carefully place in the basket and air fry for 12-15 minutes. Turn halfway through the cooking time.

Check regularly and when cooked check with a meat thermometer that the internal temperature has reached 63F/145F.

How To Air Fry Frozen Breaded Cod

Air fry straight from frozen. Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F for 5 minutes.

Place the frozen cod fillets in a single layer in the basket. Avoid overcrowding to allow for even air circulation.

Cook the cod fillets for 10-15 minutes and turn halfway through the cooking time.

The exact time may vary based on fillet thickness.

Storing, Freezing And Reheating Air Fryer Cod

Storing Leftover Cod

Allow the cooked cod to cool down at room temperature before storing. This helps prevent condensation, which can make the fish soggy.

Wrap the leftover cod fillets individually in plastic wrap or place them in airtight containers. This prevents moisture from entering and affecting the texture.

Place the wrapped cod or container in the refrigerator and consume within 2-3 days for optimal freshness.

Freezing Leftover Cod

Follow the same steps for cooling and wrapping the cod as for storing. Make sure each fillet is tightly wrapped to prevent freezer burn.

Place the wrapped fillets inside a freezer-safe zipper bag or airtight container. Label with the date for easy reference.

Store the cod in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating Leftover Cod

If frozen, thaw the cod overnight in the refrigerator. This gradual thawing helps maintain the quality of the fish.

To restore the crispy texture, preheat your air fryer to 190C / 380F. Reheat the cod fillets for 2-3 minutes, or until warm and crispy.

Your Questions Answered

Make sure to pat the fillets dry before applying the breadcrumbs and avoid overcrowding the basket.

Yes, it significantly reduces the amount of oil used and therefore fewer calories.

Certainly! Flaked reheated cod can be added to salads, pasta dishes, and more.

Keep an eye on the fillets and use a food thermometer to check.

No additional oil is necessary; the breaded coating will provide crispiness.


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