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Tilapia in Air fryer No Breading

This delicious air fryer tilapia is very flavourful and quick and easy to put together. This is a low carb, keto friendly recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried tilapia, air fryer tilapia, tilapia in air fryer
recipe air fryer tilapia, tilapia in air fryer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 140kcal



  • 1 lb. fish fillets Tilapia or 500 gm. Cod or Halibut work well


  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp. ground pepper or less as per taste
  • 2 tsp. garlic finely minced
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. salt or as per taste


  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lemon slices or wedges


  • Clean fish fillets and dry them. If using frozen, thaw and dry the fillets.
  • Assemble 2 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. ground pepper (use less as per taste. I like mine hot), 2 tsp. finely minced garlic, 2 tsp. lemon juice and ½ tsp. salt or as per taste.
  • Mix the seasonings in oil and keep aside.
  • Brush the fillets with the prepared seasoning mix on both sides of the fillet.
  • Prepare all the fillets similarly and keep aside.

Air frying Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer at 200C or 390F for 4 minutes.
  • Brush the air fryer basket with some oil and lay the fish fillets in one layer making sure that they don't overlap.
  • The fillets shrink slightly after cooking.
  • Air fry at 200C or 390F for about 6-7 minutes till they are done. Make sure that you don't overcook.
  • If your fillets are thicker or bigger in size, you will need about 8-10 minutes of air frying. Air frying time will vary depending upon the size of the fillets used.
  • Look at how plump and juicy they look. Take them out and serve hot.
  • Sometimes I also brush them with some BBQ sauce before for a delicious smoky taste. You can try the same variation.
  • ready to serve. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy.



1. Source fresh tilapia from good sources. You can use frozen fillets as well.
2. A simple marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper is all it takes to make it juicy and delicious.
3. The little olive oil in the marinade gives it a nice flavour.
4. Do not flip the fish mid-way as it breaks easily. Let it cook through without turning. Also be very careful when removing it after air frying.
5. Leave ample space between fillets. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer or they will cook unevenly.
6. Adjust the time as per the size of your fillets. I got about 7 small fillets in 1 lb.
7. Always dry the fillets well so that the spices adhere to it well.
8. Check out the FAQs in the post for common queries.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg