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Air fryer catfish recipe

Air Fryer Catfish

This crispy air fryer catfish recipe is perfect for busy weekdays. Catfish fillets are soaked in a homemade buttermilk mixture before being tossed in seasoned cornmeal and cooked to perfection right in the air fryer.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 477kcal




  • First, start by placing the catfish fillets inside of a container. Add the milk and lemon juice and close the container. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a bowl, add the cornmealflourold bay seasoning, salt, and granulated garlic. Whisk the ingredients together to combine.
  • Remove the catfish fillets from the refrigerator and remove them from the container. Discard the marinade.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Place the fillets in the cornmeal mixture and toss to coat on all sides.
  • Spray the fillets with non stick cooking spray. This will help form a crispy outer layer and prevent the fish from sticking to the air fryer.
  • Place the catfish fillets inside the air fryer. Cook at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway. Thicker fillets may need more time.
  • Finally, remove the catfish fillets from the air fryer and serve with lemon wedges and your sauce of choice.


  • Substitute the catfish for cod or tilapia if you can’t get them at your local grocery store.
  • Soak the fillets in the homemade buttermilk mixture for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  • If your fillets are too thick, it’s best to cut them into smaller pieces so they cook evenly.
  • Catfish is done when it is opaque in color and flakes easily with a fork. Use a kitchen thermometer like this one to check the internal temperature. The temperature will read at 145 degrees F once the fillets are fully cooked.
  • Always read your air fryer manual before cooking in it.


Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 2468mg | Potassium: 1151mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 341IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 4mg