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Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish

air fryer 3 ingredient fried catfish on a white plate

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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!
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




Shondelle

Friday 20th of November 2020

Catfish in the air fryer?!?!?! I am so late to the game! I'm so stuck in the good ol' days of cooking it like big-momma use to in the cast iron skillet, with some good ol' hot grease! Lol

This recipe is so quick and simple. I followed the steps to a tee and my fish turned out amazing!! Best part...there is no lingering fish smell in the house. This will definitely be my go-to from now on. Thank you so much for sharing!

staysnatched

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Janai

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

I will be making this recipe tonight. I've tried other recipes from this site so I'm sure it's great. But I just came to say YAAAAASSSS to fried catfish and spaghetti! I'm from St. Louis, MO and currently live in LA County. And for sure, people haven't really heard of these items together as a meal (with spaghetti as a side dish) so I feel justified! I've made it for my bf the old fashioned greasy way and he was transformed lol. I know he'll like the air fried version too. Ok that's all, bye!

staysnatched

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

haha yes! Another catfish and spaghetti fan!

Kiauna

Monday 16th of November 2020

I am from St. Louis, I grew up eating fish and spaghetti lol! You are right it is a Midwest thing lol. I will have to get an air fryer tried of frying foods. Thank you!

staysnatched

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

You're welcome. Enjoy!

Chasity Day

Friday 6th of November 2020

I discovered Brandy this week and I'm so glad I did. I made this recipe and it came out great! After looking at other recipes on her page, I actually ordered an instant pot so I can try some other ones as well. I'm really don't cook a lot but I can see me defiantly cooking more with her amazing recipes.

staysnatched

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Awesome! Yay I'm so glad you did.

Lorelei

Saturday 24th of October 2020

Mississippi checking in! Came here for a catfish recipe to go with my spaghetti:)

staysnatched

Monday 26th of October 2020

Yes! You have to add the spaghetti.