Air-Fryer Cod

This air-fryer cod recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner. The fish is flaky and tender, with a golden brown and crispy panko crust. Lemon wedges and chives add a lovely citrus and savory onion finish.

Air-Fryer Cod
Photo: Photographer / Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist / Kay Clarke, Food Stylist / Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon celery salt

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

  • teaspoon ground ginger

  • teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 ¼ cups whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 pound cod fillets (about 3/4-inch thick), cut into 8 pieces

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh chives

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Combine bay leaves, celery salt, paprika, cayenne, pepper, garlic powder, dry mustard, ginger and allspice in a spice grinder. Process until the bay leaves are pulverized, about 45 seconds.

  2. Place flour in a shallow bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture. Place egg in a separate shallow bowl. Place panko and 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture in a third shallow bowl; stir to combine.

  3. Season cod evenly with the remaining 1 teaspoon spice mixture. Dredge 1 piece of cod in the flour mixture, shaking off excess. Dip in the egg to coat, letting excess drip off. Dredge in the panko mixture, pressing lightly to adhere. Place on a plate or baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pieces.

  4. Preheat an air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Coat the prepared cod with cooking spray. Place half of the cod pieces in the air fryer basket in an even layer, leaving space between the pieces. Cook for 9 minutes; carefully flip and continue cooking until golden brown and the fish flakes easily with a fork, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a serving plate and cover to keep warm. Place the remaining cod pieces in the basket and repeat. Sprinkle with chives and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
2g Fat
18g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Vitamin A 581IU 12%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin D 33IU 8%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 39mcg 10%
Vitamin K 3mcg 3%
Sodium 407mg 18%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 336mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 9%

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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