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Air Fryer Catfish

Liza Graves
Catfish cooked in the air fryer is so delicious. Cooking it this way is healthier than traditional frying and far less messy. Cut the fillets into strips for a delicious and quick way to make catfish tacos, or cut them smaller for catfish nuggets. Experiment and find your own favorite way to cook catfish in the air fryer. It's a fun one to experiment with!
4.5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Course Main Meal
Cuisine American/Southern


  • air fryer


  • 4 fillets catfish
  • 1 box Zatarain's Seasoned Fish Fri
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Nashville Hot Garlic Sauce or favorite hot sauce of choice


  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees.
  • Pour Zatarain's Fish Fri into a flat container large enough for the fish fillets to fit, one at a time. Or use a large plate.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, hot sauce and mustard together.
  • Take each fillet and dip into the egg mixture, both sides. (While we cook the large fillets of catfish, you can easily cut these into strips.)
  • Dredge catfish in the fish fry mix.
  • Spray some olive oil on the air fryer basket and then place the catfish in (placing in however many fillets your air fryer can hold, not overlapping). You can spray more oil across the top of the catfish if you prefer.
  • For large fillets, cook for 14 minutes. (If you have cut the large fillets into strips, this will reduce your cooking time, so test after 10 minutes as they will be cooked in 10-12 minutes).
Keyword Air Fryer Catfish
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