Golden-Crispy Delicious Air Fryer Fish Recipe

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This healthy, delicious crispy air fryer fish requires only a few ingredients and steps, and you can cook within twenty minutes.

When you grow up in a family like mine that stayed at the seaside, you will have fish featured in many of your dishes.

This delicious fish recipe is covered with a crispy layer that makes chewing exciting to your palates. You can eat a lot of this fish without realizing how much you have consumed.

And the fantastic thing is that you do not have to worry about the amount you eat because fish is very healthy.

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I grew up eating fish almost every week, and one thing that made it enjoyable was the fact that we got to try out different fish recipes.

This air fryer fish recipe was one of my favorite. The fish is crispy, and it is very healthy, and my mom always had this mantra of eating healthy foods.

Fish is white meat, and it is healthy and nutritional; it is recommended to eat more fish than red meat because of its nutritional value.

So, if you are looking for a healthy and exciting addition to your diet, you should add more fish recipes to your dishes.

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Also, this recipe provides an easy and crispy way for you to enjoy your fish. It is not demanding and does not require a lot of ingredients or processes to prepare. You can easily prepare this crispy delicious air fryer chicken for a family meal or when you have your friends around.

Trust me, this recipe will impress your friends and family, and they will undoubtedly come back to you asking for more of it. One amazing sauce you could use to dip your fish is the pesto salad dressing I have stated below.

This dipping sauce is made from simple ingredients like garlic paste, salad dressing, lemon juice, fresh thyme, and black pepper. It is a fantastic combination that will certainly delight your taste buds. It is an easy dipping sauce to make and does not require a lot of procedures.

If you plan one of those summer fish fries outings, this is a fantastic recipe to add to your list. This article will show you the easy steps you need to prepare this healthy diet option.

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Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 Servings

Fish Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of sole fish
  • 1 spoon of cooking wine
  • 1 spoon of salt
  • a little black pepper
  • 1 spoon of olive oil
  • An appropriate amount of cornstarch
  • 1 spoon of olive oil
  • 1 spoon of light soy sauce.

Pesto Salad Dressing

  • Garlic paste made from two crushed cloves of garlic.
  • 2 tablespoons of salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • a little chopped fresh thyme
  • a little black pepper
  • a little salt, a little sugar.

Preparation Process

  1. Wash your sole fish to get rid of any dirt or unwanted particles, then dry it off with a paper towel to get rid of excess water. If you do not want to use sole fish, you can use any other white fish like cod fish.

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  1. Slice your fish obliquely into blocks with the same width to give it a uniform outlook.

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  1. Add one spoon of salt to season the fish. I have used just salt and black pepper; you can decide to use other seasonings like paprika and garlic powder if you wish or any other fish seasonings of your choice.

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  1. Add the cooking wine, stir evenly with black pepper and marinate for 1 hour.

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  1. Pour olive oil into the marinated fish and mix well.

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  1. Put it in your cornstarch so that the surface of the fish pieces sticks evenly.

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  1. Preheat the fryer to 200 degrees 10 minutes in advance, and put the fish in the frying basket.

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  1. After frying for 10 minutes, brush a layer of light soy sauce (light soy sauce and olive oil), turn it over and brush another layer, and continue frying at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.

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  1. The fried fish pieces come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Therefore, it is advisable to eat it while it’s hot. (While the fish is in the air fryer, you can use the opportunity to prepare the pesto sauce that you can use for dipping.)

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TIPS

  1. You can find the Sole fish in the seafood section of supermarkets, and the package is a whole piece of thornless fish.
  2. The frying time depends on the size and thickness of the fish; you can adjust the time to suit your specific needs. It would be advisable to use fish that has some thickness. If your fish is too thin, they will not have enough time to cook well and provide that crispiness that you want.
  3. Brushing soy sauce during frying makes the fish color better; it gives the fish a golden brown color. But you can skip this step if you are not concerned about the color of the fish.
  4. The fish will be more delicious if it is marinated; the more time you marinate the fish, the better taste you will get. So, it is advisable to start preparing your fish on time before mealtime. This will make you avoid rushing and give you ample time to marinate the fish for a better flavor.
  5. it would be advisable not to overpack your air fryer with your sliced fish because you might end up steaming your fish rather than air frying it. If you have a large quantity of fish, divide it into two sets rather than placing your sliced fish over each other.

FAQs

Do I need to use oil while preparing this recipe?

The good thing about using the air fryer is that you avoid the excess oil that you would have used for deep frying. This is a much healthier option to enjoy your crispy fish because the oil you need for this recipe is so little that it makes you avoid the mess of high calories.

The oil used in this recipe is mainly to help give the fish the golden-brown color and contribute to its crispiness. But if you feel that you can do without the oil, then you can definitely skip the part that requires you to spray the fish with a little amount of oil.

What is the best side dish to pair with my air fryer fish?

There are many dishes you can use as a side dish to accompany this delicious crispy fish. The most popular side dish option is fries, and you can use sweet potatoes fries or oven-baked French fries and air fryer potato wedges as your side dish. If you are looking for a lighter and more healthy option, you can serve this fish with steamed veggies.

Can I dip my fish in eggs before applying the cornstarch?

The purpose of using eggs is to make the surface of the fish sticky enough to hold the flour or cornstarch used to coat the fish. If you use cornstarch, you might not need to coat your fish in eggs first because the cornstarch sticks perfectly.

Eggs are perfect, especially when you are using breadcrumbs as the coating agent; it makes the breadcrumbs stick perfectly to the surface of the fish. But if you are experiencing a situation where it is difficult for your cornstarch to stick to the surface of the fish, you can use eggs to improve this.

Can I Use Breadcrumbs in place of cornstarch?

In this recipe, I usually use cornstarch as the coating agent for my fish, and it has turned out well most of the time. But if you have breadcrumbs and are wondering if it is possible to use them, then the answer is yes. You can use breadcrumbs in place of cornstarch.

The exciting thing is that you can also use gluten-free breadcrumbs, especially if you are gluten intolerant. You can use what suits your health and diet plan.

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Can I Re-heat My Air Fryer Fish?

Yes, you can re-heat your air fryer fish that you have stored in the refrigerator. All you need to do is take it out of the airtight container and place it in your air fryer for 3 to 4 minutes, and you will still get the crispy from the fish.

You can also use a microwave to re-heat your fish. But it is good to know that your fish might not have that crispy feel compared to when you re-heat with an air fryer.

Is it advisable to use frozen fish in preparing this recipe?

It is not advisable to use frozen fish for his recipe, mainly if you use breadcrumbs to coat your fish. This is because the cornstarch or flour that you use will not properly stick to the fish’s surface, which might affect the outcome of the fish.

Secondly, frozen fish might contain a lot of water that you might not be able to drain out when you use a paper towel. This excess water is not good because it can make your fish soggy rather than crispy, which is the expected outcome.

If you still want to use frozen fish, you should let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight, and you will need a lot of time to drain it of any excess water.

How can I store my leftover air fryer fish?

If you have some leftover fish from this recipe, you can store it in an air-tight container in your fridge. However, you will need to consume it within 3-4 days; if it stays longer, it will no longer be safe for consumption. So, it is advisable not to store it for too long because your delicious fish might waste.

Finally

This is one delightful and healthy recipe to add to your summer parties and diet. You do not need to soak your fish in a lot of oil to achieve that amazing crispiness. Instead, using an air fryer gives you the advantage of eating crispy food that is healthy, and you get to cut down on a lot of fats and calories.

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Golden-Crispy Delicious air fryer fish

This healthy, delicious crispy air fryer fish requires only a few ingredients and steps, and you can cook within twenty minutes. When you grow up in a family like mine that stayed at the seaside, you will have fish featured in many of your dishes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces sole fish
  • 1 spoon of cooking wine
  • 1 spoon of salt
  • a little black pepper
  • 1 spoon of olive oil
  • An appropriate amount of cornstarch
  • 1 spoon of olive oil
  • 1 spoon of light soy sauce

Pesto Salad Dressing

  • Garlic paste made from two crushed cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • a little chopped fresh thyme
  • a little black pepper
  • a little salt, a little sugar

Instructions

  • Wash your sole fish to get rid of any dirt or unwanted particles, then dry it off with a paper towel to get rid of excess water. It is necessary to get rid of the excess water before you coat your fish with cornstarch. If the excess water is not adequately removed, it can make your fish soggy rather than crispy.
  • Slice your fish obliquely into blocks with the same width to give it a uniform outlook.
  • Add one spoon of salt to season the fish, add the cooking wine, stir evenly with black pepper and marinate for 1 hour.
  • Pour olive oil into the marinated fish and mix well. Put it in your cornstarch so that the surface of the fish pieces sticks evenly.
  • Preheat the fryer to 200 degrees 10 minutes in advance, put the fish in the frying basket, and let it fry for ten minutes. It is necessary to preheat your air fryer ten minutes before putting your fish. Preheating will enable the temperature and airflow of the fryer to be at the right level. This will help to cook your fish evenly.
  • After frying for 10 minutes, brush a layer of light soy sauce (light soy sauce and olive oil), turn it over, brush another layer, and continue frying at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • You can take out the fish after ten minutes, but if you are not sure if the fish is cooked to your desire, you can use a fork to test if it flakes easily. If it flakes easily, it is a sign that the fish is ready to be served; if not, you can fry it for another one or two minutes.
  • Take the fish out of the air fryer and serve while it is still warm. You can serve it alongside the pesto sauce as a dipping sauce.
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