To air fried tilapia quickly and simply, use this 15-minute Ninja Air Fryer Tilapia recipe with garlic butter. It doesn’t need to be flipped and only calls for a few spices. Using a standard air fryer, this seafood main meal serves two people perfectly.



  1. One-pound fillets of fresh, thawed tilapia. If needed, you can use smaller fillets so that two fit in the basket; I used two 6–8 ounce fillets.
  2. 2 tablespoons of garlic butter
  3. Two tablespoons of olive oil
  4. One teaspoon Cajun spice ) or lemon pepper spice (add more to taste)
  5. 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese



  1. Tilapia fillets should be drizzled with olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and cajun seasoning on top, being sure to distribute the cheese evenly.
  3. Optional: to facilitate lifting the fish. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper liners.
  4. Put the fish in the basket of the air fryer.
  5. For 8–9 minutes, set the air fryer to 400 degrees. No need to turn over.
  6. Plate the fish and top with melted garlic butter.





  • Line your air fryer basket with 8-inch circle parchment paper or air fryer parchment paper liners to make it easy to remove the fish. To help your fish not stick, you can also use cooking or olive oil spray on the bottom of the basket.
  • Skin is not required: Your fish can arrive with skin on one side, depending on your retailer. Either way, both function well in this dish.
  • The amount of time needed to cook tilapia in an air fryer varies according on the size of the fish, so adjust the timing accordingly. You can always open the air fryer to check on your food, which is one advantage of utilising one. Fish should be cooked until it flakes readily with a fork and becomes opaque. About minute and a half in, you can begin to check for doneness.
  • Not required: Before you dine, collect some lemon wedges and squeeze some fresh lemon juice over your tender fish for an added flavour boost.


Nutrition Details

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 588IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg

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