Everyone loves these flavorful Air Fryer Fish Tacos without breading that makes for a satisfying and healthy meal. You can use tilapia or any type of white fish fillets you like. This delicious soft taco recipe only takes 30 minutes to make!

air fryer fish tacos served with avocado and salsa

The air fryer is the perfect way to make crispy and tender tilapia with no breading for a healthy taco that tastes delish!

Top your tacos with shredded cabbage slaw, salsa, avocado crema, guacomole, lime juice, sour cream, or whatever you like.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Air fryer fish tacos are done in under 30 minutes! It’s quick and perfect for a weeknight, especially Taco Tuesday.
  • Because these fresh fish tacos are made without breading, this easy recipe is also naturally gluten-free.
  • Tacos are easy and totally customizable. You can use what you have for toppings or add your favorites instead.

Key Ingredients

Tilapia is an affordable mild and flaky white fish that goes perfectly on tacos. Feel free to substitute cod, halibut, sea bass, Mahi Mahi, or whatever type of white fish you like. White fish are the best fish to use for fish tacos as they are mild and flaky.

Avocado adds a creamy layer with little prep work.

Salsa is the perfect way to add a sauce without having to make one. Just buy your favorite brand or style.

Red Cabbage adds a nice crunch to the tacos.

Ingredients for air fryer fish tacos

Recipe Steps

Step One

Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Step Two

Use paper towels to dry the fish on both sides.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

How to make air fryer tilapia

Step Three

In a small bowl stir together the seasonings including chili powder and garlic powder. Sprinkle both sides of the fish with it.

Step Four

Place the fish evenly inside the air fryer basket without overlapping.

tilapia fish in air fryer for tacos

Step Five

Cook the fish at 400 degrees for 6 minutes then flip the fish and cook for 3 to 5 minutes more.

Step Six

Use tongs to remove the fish to a serving plate. Divide fish filets between the corn tortillas and add sliced avocado, salsa, cabbage and cilantro.

air fryer tilapia served on a plate

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Some people like to chop or break up the cooked fish before adding them to the tacos. It is personal preference.
  • Store any leftover cooked fish in a covered container up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • You can use any flaky white fish for this recipe.

FAQs

How do I keep my tortillas from tearing?

Heating up the tortillas prevents them from tearing. You can microwave them for a few seconds if you’re in a pinch but I find heating them up in a dry skillet on medium heat until they’re warm works the best.

Can I change up the toppings?

Yep! You can pick up peach, mango, or corn salsa instead of regular salsa. You can also add cotija cheese, lettuce, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, red onion, or sliced radishes.

A fish taco with salsa and avocado

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Fish tacos with salsa

Air Fryer Fish Tacos Without Breading


Description

Everyone loves these flavorful Air Fryer Fish Tacos without breading that makes for a satisfying and healthy meal. You can use tilapia or any type of white fish fillets you like. This delicious soft taco recipe only takes 30 minutes to make!


Ingredients

Scale
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pound tilapia fish filets, or your choice of white fish
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 2 ripe avocadoes, sliced
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • ½ red cabbage, sliced thinly
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed and leaves chopped

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside or your air fryer basket lightly with the nonstick cooking spray. Set the basket aside while you prepare the fish.
  2. Place a double layer of dry paper towels on a cutting board or a large plate. Place the fish on top and then use another paper towel to pat dry the fish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cayenne pepper, ground cumin, garlic powder, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Sprinkle both sides of the fish with the seasoning mix.
  5. Then, place the fish inside your air fryer basket, making sure the fish filets do not overlap to ensure even cooking.
  6. Set the temperature to 400°F and cook for 6 minutes. Then, flip the fish and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
  7. Use tongs to remove the fish to a serving plate. Then, assemble the tacos.
  8. Divide the fish between the corn tortillas, and then top with sliced avocado, salsa, cabbage, and fresh cilantro.

Notes

  1. Some people like to chop or break up the cooked fish before adding them to the tacos. It is personal preference.
  2. Store any leftover cooked fish in a covered container up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: air fryer tilapia, fish tacos in air fryer

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