Air Fryer Whole Fish Recipe

Air Fryer Whole Fish Recipe

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Air fryer whole fish is a great alternative to deep frying. It’s also healthier and easier to make, plus it gives the fish a delicious golden crust! This recipe for cooking a whole fish in the air fryer is perfect for those who are looking for a quick and simple dish that will impress their dinner guests.

air fryer whole fish

Air Fryer Whole Fish

With summer coming full speed ahead, my family and I have been on a huge seafood kick! It’s truly the perfect time to feast on all things seafood, especially fish.

Nothing beats eating the fresh catch of the day!

I normally like to visit the seafood market and pick up a few fillets of fish and have them on hand to cook in different dishes.

For example:

air fried branzino

On my last visit, I picked up a few whole branzinos and decide to try and make them in the air fryer. They turned out amazing!

If you have been looking for a whole fish air fryer recipe, then this post is for you! Today, I’ll be showing you how to air fry the perfect whole fish in your own kitchen.

I know cooking a whole fish can seem intimidating, but it actually only takes about 30 minutes and does not require any oil or butter!

2 air fried fish on a white plate

All you need to make this recipe is:

  • 2 whole branzino fillets
  • Salt and pepper

That’s it!

cooking whole branzinos in the ssir fryer

Don’t have an air fryer? That’s okay! Try cooking the whole fish in the Instant Pot. You can also bake the whole branzino fish in the oven!

Air Fryer Whole Fish Recipe

How To Cook A Whole Fish In The Air Fryer

Spray the air fryer basket with a non-stick cooking spray.

Season the whole fish with salt and pepper (or whatever seasoning you like- I recommend old bay!) all over and also inside the fish cavity.

Place the whole fish in the air fryer.

Cook the whole fish as is in the air fryer at 400F for 25 minutes (or until the internal temperature of the fish is at least 145F).

Serve immediately and enjoy!

cooked air fryer fish in an air fryer basket

Cooking Tips:

  • This recipe only makes 2 whole fish at a time.
  • If you are not a fan of branzino, consider swapping it out for red snapper or rainbow trout.

crispy whole fish

What To Serve With Air Fried Branzino

This cooked branzino pairs perfectly with some cilantro lime rice and roasted asparagus (maybe even wrapped up in bacon)!

If you need to make a really elevated dinner, consider making this recipe for easy Spanish paella in just 30 minutes. It’s packed full of shrimp, chorizo, and chicken – not to mention, garlicky saffron with a hint of red crushed peppers. So yum!

eating branzino with a fork

More Seafood Recipes

If you loved this recipe for air ‘fried’ whole fish, check out some of my other seafood recipes!

These are some other recipes I love to make:

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Air Fryer Whole Fish

This air fryer whole fish is amazing! Put put whole fish in the air fryer and it will cook it to perfection! Air fried whole fish has crispy skin and juicy inside - so delicious! Once you try cooking whole fish in the air fryer, you'll never make it any other way!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer whole fish
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo
Servings: 2
Calories: 435kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs whole fish I used branzino
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Spray the air fryer basket with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Season the whole fish with salt and pepper all over and also inside the fish cavity.
  • Put whole fish in the air fryer in a single layer.
  • Cook whole fish in the air fryer at 400F for 25 minutes (or until internal temperature of the fish is at least 145F).
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Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Protein: 91g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 1370mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg
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