Air-Fryer Pistachio-Crusted Sea Bass

Sea bass fillets are crusted in pistachios and panko for a nutty, crunchy exterior in this healthy air-fryer recipe. We use sea bass here, but any other firm white fish like halibut would work just as well. Serve with grains and a side salad.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Pistachio-Crusted Sea Bass served on a platter with greens
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 4 (4-ounce) skin-on black sea bass, halibut or other firm white fish fillets

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ cup whole-milk plain strained yogurt, such as Greek-style

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 tablespoon dried

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ cup finely chopped pistachios

  • ¼ cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • Watercress & extra-virgin olive oil for serving


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400℉. Coat the air-fryer basket generously with cooking spray.

  2. Pat fish dry; arrange, skin-side down, on a baking sheet. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Combine yogurt, dill and garlic powder in a small bowl. Brush the mixture on the tops of the fillets.

  4. Combine pistachios, panko, parsley and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge the yogurt-coated sides of the fillets in the panko mixture, pressing to adhere.

  5. Arrange the fillets in a single layer, panko-sides up, in the prepared basket. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 145℉, 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish.

  6. If you like, serve the fish over watercress, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with additional pepper.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
6g Fat
6g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Vitamin A 397IU 8%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Vitamin D 256IU 64%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 13mcg 3%
Vitamin K 32mcg 27%
Sodium 457mg 20%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 60mg 14%
Potassium 417mg 9%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%
Omega 3 1g

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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