These air-fryer fish recipes are reel delicious. And because the popular appliance is essentially a pint-sized convection oven, each of these air-fryer salmon, scallop, shrimp recipes, and more cook way quicker than you might guess. No fresh fish? No problem; frozen fish in the air fryer works well too. Try these with whatever similar style of fish you have stocked in your freezer. While we prefer making our breading or batter from scratch, you can crisp up frozen fish in the air fryer even if you purchased it already pre-breaded, heat-and-eat style. Simply preheat your air fryer to 360°F to 400°F (see what the manual for your specific appliance says), then spray the basket with nonstick spray, add the frozen fish, and close the air fryer to begin cooking. Air-fry for about 10 minutes (or until fully cooked), flipping halfway. 

If you have the time and ingredients to DIY, try these fast and filling air-fryer fish recipes.

Greg DuPree

Southern-Style “Fried” Catfish and Green Beans

Done in just 25 minutes, this air-fryer battered fish recipe transforms an affordable catfish filet into something you might expect to find at a restaurant with lines around the block. The panko bread crumb coating crisps up beautifully in the air fryer ($90, Target), as do the sweet-and-spicy air-fried green beans. Serve both with a DIY dill-scented tartar sauce and lemon wedges to round out the surprisingly healthful fish fry.