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Air Fryer Fish For Air Fryer Fish Tacos

If you have never made air fryer fish before you are in for a treat. This appliance provides the perfect way to cook crispy fish. I used this air fryer fish recipe recently and decided to make some fish tacos with video for you!.


Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer fish, air fryer fish tacos, air fryer recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Calories 899 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 2 fillet pickerel thawed and patted dry

For the Fish Coating

  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)

For the Panko Coating Mixture

  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

For Frying

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

To make Air Fryer Fish Tacos 

  • 6 tortillas (charred)
  • 1/4 cup chipotle ranch sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 avocados (diced)
  • 1 large tomato (diced)
  • 3 scallions (diced)
  • lime juice
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (diced)


  1. Thaw the pickerel fillets overnight in your fridge and pat them dry using a paper towel.

    pickerel fillets on a cutting board thawing.
  2. Take a kitchen sheer and cut each fillet into three pieces. 

    Fillets cut in pieces and coated in mayo mixture
  3. In a shallow plate, mix the panko coating ingredients and set them aside.

    Panko bread crumbs in a bowl and another small bowl of spices ready to flavor the breadcrumbs
  4. In a deeper bowl, mix the fish coating ingredients.

    Mixture for fish coating including a bowl od mayo and a bowl of spices ready to mix in
  5. Using a silicone or pastry brush, brush one side of the fish pieces with the fish coating mixture. 

    Fish Coating Mixture with a pastry brush.
  6. Using a tong, place the coated side of the fish fillet on the panko bowl and press down so the breadcrumbs stick onto the fish. 

    coating the fillet in Panko bread crumbs mixture with tongs.
  7. Now brush the top part of the fish using the same fish coating mixture and flip that side onto the panko bread crumbs to coat as well.

    one fillet in Panko bread crumbs.
  8. Make sure the bread crumbs coat both sides of the fish really well. 

  9. Place the coated fish on an air fryer basket and repeat with the remaining pieces of fish.

    uncooked fish in air fryer basket full coated and ready to cook
  10. Preheat the air fryer to 400 for 2 minutes.

  11. Divide the oil between the fish fillets giving each a light drizzle before placing the air fryer basket in the air fryer.

  12. Cook the fish for 8 minutes and then flip the fillets and cook for an extra 3-4 minutes. 

  13. At that point, the fish is ready to serve with fries or salad or on its own!

    finished air fryer fish for air fryer fish tacos showing the crispy exterior
  14. If you wish to make the tacos follow these extra steps:  Char some tortillas, drizzle some chipotle sauce, add chopped cilantro, chopped tomatoes, and avocados, layer the fish over that, and top with extra sauce, salsa, and fresh toppings of your choice. 

    a flour tortilla with toppings like avocados, tomatoes, cilantro and then the air fryer fish is placed ontop and a hand is sprinkling more cilantro over the top

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Fish For Air Fryer Fish Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 899 Calories from Fat 576
% Daily Value*
Fat 64g98%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 1590mg69%
Potassium 1165mg33%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 2123IU42%
Vitamin C 53mg64%
Calcium 190mg19%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.