Air Fryer Tilapia

Air Fryer Tilapia

This recipe for Air Fryer Tilapia screams “quick and easy dinner”! Deliciously acidic, flaky, crunchy, and moist, each bite is enhanced with a dollop of fresh lemon butter after being coated in savoury lemon and parmesan breadcrumbs. And it takes only fifteen minutes to be ready to eat!




  1. Two patted-dry tilapia fillets
  2. One whisked egg
  3. One-third cup of breadcrumbs
  4. Two tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  5. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  6. one teaspoon lemon zest


For the lemon butter,

  1. use ½ teaspoon each of salt and black pepper.
  2. Two tablespoons of melted butter
  3. one tsp lemon juice
  4. To taste, add salt and pepper.



  1. Place a piece of foil into your air fryer, then preheat it to 400° (this should take about 3 minutes).
  2. Add the whisked egg to a shallow bowl, then on a separate plate, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, lemon zest, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Dip the tilapia one at a time into the egg mixture, then into the breadcrumb mixture, making sure it’s completely coated
  4. Place the tilapia on top of the foil in your air fryer, then cook it at 400° for 10 minutes.
  5. While the fish is cooking, make the lemon butter: melt the butter in the microwave, then whisk in the lemon juice, adding more to taste.
  6. Once the tilapia is cooked, drizzle it with lemon butter, then sprinkle with fresh parsley (optional). Enjoy!



* Calories are an estimate per serving.Make sure to line your air fryer with foil; this will help to keep the fish from sticking and make cleanup very easy.

* Storage: For up to three days, refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container after separately wrapping each one in foil.



Expert tips and FAQs

  • Lining your air fryer basket with tin foil before frying your fish makes for a super easy cleanup. Otherwise, the fish might stick, and we don’t want that.
  • If you’re a big fan of crispy fried fish, try double breading your tilapia fillets. To do this, simply repeat the breading process twice.
  • Be sure to pat your tilapia fillets dry before you bread them, otherwise, the breading will have a hard time sticking to the fish.



Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 1013mg | Potassium: 604mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 2mg


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