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Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish

air fryer 3 ingredient fried catfish on a white plate

Air Fryer Fried Catfish is another hit for me with the Air Fryer. I had been dying to try out frying catfish in my Air Fryer. This weekend I had a reason to test it out. It is Labor Day Weekend and one of my close friends is in town for a visit.

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Summer holiday weekends usually involve COOKOUTS! My friend is a pescatarian. She only eats seafood and does not eat any other meat. Unfortunately for my friend, cookouts are usually filled with grilled chicken, beef, and pork.

There wasn’t going to be any grilled seafood at the cookout we were planning to attend. Being the good friend I am, I decided to whip up some fried catfish that we could bring to the cookout with us for her to eat. 

air fryer 3 ingredient fried catfish on a white plate

I was amazed at the results of the Air Fryer! This fish turned out very crispy with an amazing crunch. Using the Air Fryer instead of deep-frying saves almost 400 calories and 45 grams of fat per serving.

I also love that there is no stinky house after making these! I rarely fry foods in my home, and certainly not fish because the deep-fried smell lingers for DAYS! Thank you, Air Fryer!

I used trial and error to determine the cooking time. The fillets I prepared were very long. Because of the length, I opted to cook each fillet one at a time. Use your discretion here and do what works best for you.

Use your judgment on if you will need more or less fish fry seasoning noted in the recipe ingredients. The amount you will need will vary based on the size of your fillets. Each fillet should be fully coated with seasoning, but not overly coated.

Cooking time will likely vary based on the Air Fryer brand you use and how crunchy you prefer your fish. 

air fryer 3 ingredient fried catfish on a white plate

I cooked the filets at 400 degrees for about 22 minutes total. Time will likely vary based on the Air Fryer brand you use and how crunchy you prefer your fish. At 10 minutes I flipped the fish. I then allowed them to cook for 10 more minutes, flipped them one last time, and cooked for 2 minutes. 

collage photo of air fryer catfish

What I love most about the air fryer is that I get to incorporate all of the foods I left behind, back into my lifestyle. We ate fried catfish and spaghetti pretty often growing up. For some of you this may sound like an interesting combination! Over the years I have learned this may be a Midwest dinner choice!

I have missed it so much! Thank goodness for the air fryer!

air fryer 3 ingredient fried catfish on a white plate

If you prefer catfish nuggets those should work just fine, too! Simply add the breading to the catfish nuggets.

If you are looking for more Air Fryer Catfish check out 17 Air Fryer Recipes You Have to Try or my Air Fryer Salmon and Air Fryer Fish Sticks  recipes.

If you are looking for more information on southern-style Air Fryer Catfish, check out 17 Air Fryer Recipes You Have to Try.

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Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish

Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish is a quick and easy low-calorie, low-fat and low-carb recipe. This recipe is crispy and crunchy!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer catfish, air fryer fish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 208kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pat the catfish dry.
  • Sprinkle the fish fry onto both sides of each fillet. Ensure the entire filet is coated with seasoning.
  • Spritz olive oil on the top of each filet.
  • Place the filet in the Air Fryer basket. Do not stack the fish and do not overcrowd the basket. Cook in batches if needed. Close and cook for 10 minutes on 400 degrees. 
  • Open the air fryer and flip the fish. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Open and flip the fish.
  • Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until desired crispness.
  • Top with optional parsley.

Notes

Use your judgment on if you will need more or less fish fry seasoning noted in the ingredients above. The amount you will need will vary based on the size of your fillets. Each fillet should be fully coated with seasoning, but not overly coated.
Cooking time will likely vary based on the Air Fryer brand you use and how crunchy you prefer your fish. At 10 minutes I flipped the fish. I then allowed them to cook for 10 more minutes, flipped them one last time, and cooked for 2 minutes. 
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g
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Recipe Rating




Sydney

Monday 2nd of August 2021

Made this over the weekend and the whole family loved it! Will definitely be making this again!

staysnatched

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Wonderful! So glad to hear it.

Michelle Mattocks

Monday 28th of June 2021

Simple and good. I had to spray air fryer with Pam because first 2 fillers fell apart. Be sure to use a spatula to turn. But,even with a fillet in pieces, still tastes great.

staysnatched

Thursday 1st of July 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Baltisraul

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

I used finely ground pork rinds crumbles for the fish fry dredging and that cut the carbs way back. It also adds a wonderful different flavor to the fish. Have been using it for all kinds of meats/fish/casseroles for about 9 months now in the air fryer.

staysnatched

Monday 7th of June 2021

Thanks for sharing!

Ed Riggle

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

My air fryer is a little bit different than yours. I don't think I'll have to flip them. I'm definitely going to try this recipe this weekend with some corn on the cob and some corn bread. Can't wait!!

staysnatched

Friday 11th of June 2021

I hope you enjoy it.

Leslie

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Great and easy recipe. I always had deep fried fish and this was so good. Thank you for sharing.

staysnatched

Thursday 29th of April 2021

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it!