Crispy Air Fryer Halibut

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Tender flaky fish with a delicious crunchy crust is a quick and easy weeknight fish dinner.

Breaded halibut filet cooked in air fryer on grey plate.

Crispy breaded yet tender fish from the air fryer? You bet. The air fryer is a star when it comes to cooking fish, and if you’re like me, deep frying fish at home isn’t something you’re doing often. This air fryer halibut recipe has a crunchy panko and Parmesan crust with some simple seasonings and it takes about 10 to 15 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of cooking. A beautiful fish dinner in less than half an hour!

The air fryer is basically like a mini convection oven, circulating hot air all around the food to cook it quickly and create a firm exterior. Even though you flip the fish once, thanks to the breading, the filets should hold their shape perfectly. The fish is delicious as is, but you can also pair it with Tartar Sauce, Dill Sauce, or Remoulade Sauce. Serve the halibut with Warm Brussels Sprouts with Anchovy Vinaigrette and some couscous.

Breaded air fryer halibut on plate with vegetable side.

Crispy Air Fryer Halibut: Tender flaky fish with a delicious crunchy crust is a quick and easy weeknight fish dinner.

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Breaded Air Fryer Halibut Ingredients

Halibut filets, breadcrumbs, eggs, and other ingredients on marble table.
  • Halibut filets – If you want to use frozen halibut, plan to add at least about 5 minutes to the cooking time. Or sub in the thick fish filet of your choice! See variations for suggestions.
  • All-purpose flour – Coating the fish in flour means that the egg wash will stick better
  • Eggs – The eggs allow the breadcrumb coating to adhere to the fish, which creates a nicely browned exterior.
  • Panko breadcrumbs – I prefer panko to fine ground breadcrumbs as I like the fluffy, crunchy texture it creates.
  • Parmesan cheese – A touch of Parmesan is often a nice touch to breaded foods.
  • Paprika – Just a bit adds nice color and flavor to the coating.
  • Garlic powder – Adds a delicate garlic flavor.
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon wedges – For serving.

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Halibut

  1. Prepare the fish for breading: Season with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a third shallow bowl, combine the Panko, Parmesan, paprika, and garlic powder.
Seasoning halibut filets with salt and pepper on table with breading bowls and air fryer.
  1. Bread the fish: Dip each piece of fish in the flour mixture, turning to coat. Place each floured piece of fish in the beaten eggs, turning to coat, and then allowing any excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Finally, coat the fish in the breadcrumb mixture.
Breading halibut filets in flour, eggs, and panko breadcrumbs.
  1. Cook the fish: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Spray or brush the bottom of the air fryer with olive oil. Place the fish in the air fryer. Spray or lightly brush the top of the filets with olive oil. Cook for 10 minutes, then flip the filets, spray or brush with olive oil, and cook for another 5 minutes until the fish is nicely browned and crispy outside and flaky and tender inside, with an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Spraying oil on breaded halibut filets in air fryer.
  1. Serve: Serve hot with the lemon wedges and/or the sauce of your choice.
Air-fried halibut on plate with sides.

Variations

  • Try this with other kinds of fish, like cod, scrod, salmon, or haddock.
  • You can double this recipe if your air fryer is big enough to hold 4 filets of fish. Otherwise, you’ll have to cook the fish in batches. You can hold the first batch in a preheated 250-degree oven while you air fry the second batch so everything stays warm.

Tips

  • Spray or brush the bottom of the air fryer with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • If you use your air fryer regularly, you should buy a spray bottle and fill it with your favorite olive oil for cooking. Many recipes call for spraying the air fryer basket and/or the food itself with nonstick cooking spray. This is fine and will prevent sticking and aid in browning, but the flavor of the oils in these cans is usually not very delicious. If you air fry often, you’ll be happy you make this tiny investment. Check out the Puzmug oil sprayer and the Kitexpert oil sprayer.
  • Don’t overcrowd the fish in the air fryer — the filets shouldn’t touch for best browning and fast and even cooking.
  • Make sure your fish is about 3/4- to 1-inch thick. If the filets are thinner, reduce the cooking time a bit.

Leftovers and Storage

This fish, as you would expect, is best right out of the air fryer. However, leftovers will keep in the fridge for 2 days. You can reheat the fish for about 3 minutes in a preheated 400-degree air fryer.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Halibut

Table setting with breaded halibut and sides on grey plate.

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Crispy Air Fryer Halibut

Tender flaky fish with a delicious crunchy crust is a quick and easy weeknight fish dinner.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 People
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 2 (6 to 8-ounce) halibut filets
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Olive oil (preferably in a spray bottle; see Note)
  • Lemon wedges (to serve)
  • Remoulade Sauce (or Dill Sauce, or Tartar Sauce; to serve, optional)

Instructions 

  • Pat the fish dry. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a third shallow bowl, combine the panko, Parmesan, paprika, and garlic powder.
  • Dip each piece of fish in the flour mixture, turning to coat. Place each floured piece of fish in the beaten eggs, turning to coat, and then allowing any excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Finally, coat the fish in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 F. Spray or brush the bottom of the air fryer with olive oil or spray with nonstick spray. Place the fish in the air fryer, making sure to leave at least 1/2 inch between each filet. Spray or lightly brush the top of the filets with olive oil. Cook for 10 minutes, then flip the filets, spray or brush with olive oil, and cook for another 5 minutes until the fish is nicely browned and crispy outside and flaky and tender inside, with an internal temperature of 145 F.
  • Serve hot with the lemon wedges and/or the sauce of your choice.

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Notes

  • Spray or brush the bottom of the air fryer with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • If you use your air fryer regularly, you should buy a spray bottle and fill it with your favorite olive oil for cooking. Many recipes call for spraying the air fryer basket and/or the food itself with nonstick cooking spray. This is fine and will prevent sticking and aid in browning, but the flavor of the oils in these cans is usually not very delicious. If you air fry often, you’ll be happy you make this tiny investment. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the fish in the air fryer — the filets shouldn’t touch for best browning and fast and even cooking.
  • Make sure your fish is about 3/4- to 1-inch thick. If the filets are thinner, reduce the cooking time a bit.

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 45g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 247mg, Sodium: 691mg, Potassium: 933mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 844IU, Vitamin C: 0.03mg, Calcium: 100mg, Iron: 4mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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2 Comments

  1. Barbara O'Keefe says:

    I don’t see the parmesan in ingredients–how much?

    1. Katie Workman says:

      Thanks for catching that Barbara! The recipe’s updated, and 1/2 cup of Parm should work out perfectly.