Air-Fryer Fish Cakes

Typically deep-fried, these tasty air-fryer fish cakes get a little zip from sweet chili sauce and fresh cilantro. The squeeze of lime at the end brings everything together perfectly, so don't skip it.

Cook Time:
10 mins
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 cakes
Nutrition Profile:

Tips from the Test Kitchen

What Type of White Fish Can I Use?

Any white fish will work, such as grouper, catfish or cod. When shopping for fish, make sure it's firm to the touch and select what looks freshest at the best price. You can also use frozen white fish that's defrosted properly and patted dry before using.

I Don't Have Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. Is There a Substitute?

Thai sweet chili sauce is a sweet and spicy condiment made with red chiles and garlic with a texture similar to honey. If you don't have Thai sweet chili sauce, you can combine honey and Sriracha or honey and crushed red pepper as a substitute.

What to Serve with Air-Fryer Fish Cakes

Serve with homemade Lemon Aioli, Tzatziki or Green Goddess Sauce on the side for dipping. Make it a meal with Air-Fryer Baby Potatoes, Air-Fryer Cauliflower or Air-Fryer Zucchini and a crisp green salad. You can also add air-fryer fish cakes to rice bowls, grain bowls or meal-prep bowls for healthy lunches or dinners during the week.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • Cooking spray

  • 10 ounces finely chopped white fish (such as grouper, catfish or cod)

  • cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce

  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise

  • 1 large egg

  • teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 lime wedges


  1. Coat the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray.

  2. Combine fish, panko, cilantro, chili sauce, mayonnaise, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; stir until well combined. Shape the mixture into four 3-inch-diameter cakes.

  3. Coat the cakes with cooking spray; place in the prepared basket. Cook at 400 degrees F until the cakes are browned and their internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F, 9 to 10 minutes. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

399 Calories
16g Fat
28g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 2 cakes
Calories 399
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 5g 10%
Protein 35g 69%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Vitamin A 441IU 9%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 26mcg 6%
Sodium 537mg 23%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 48mg 11%
Potassium 731mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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