Air-Fryer Tilapia

This quick and simple air-fryer tilapia recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. The tilapia is moist and flaky and gets brightened up with lemon zest and fresh herbs.

air fryer tilapia
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • Cooking spray

  • 1 ¼ pounds tilapia fillets

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • teaspoon hot paprika

  • teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Lightly coat the fryer basket with cooking spray.

  2. Pat tilapia fillets dry with paper towels. Coat the fillets with cooking spray.

  3. Combine lemon zest, garlic powder, onion powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, paprika and white pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle onto the fish.

  4. Working in batches if necessary, arrange the fish in a single layer in the fryer basket. Cook, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 145°F and the fish flakes easily with a fork at the thickest part, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle lemon juice over the fillets and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle with chives and parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

144 Calories
3g Fat
1g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 5 oz.
Calories 144
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Vitamin A 75IU 2%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Vitamin D 176IU 44%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 36mcg 9%
Vitamin K 8mcg 7%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 39mg 9%
Potassium 439mg 9%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 2mcg 83%

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.

Related Articles