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Cod is a light fish everyone, including the kids, will love. This tender, flaky air fryer cod has slight crispiness on the outside from cooking in the air fryer, and it stays moist and juicy inside.

A white plate with a piece of air fried cod. The serving platter of cod is behind the plate.

Cod is one of the most mild-flavored white fish. It is an excellent variety of fish to introduce kids to eating fish. We love it because it is also one of the more inexpensive types of fish, so it is great if you are on a budget!

I also include oven directions for those who do not own an air fryer.

We take the budget seriously here because gluten free can be so expensive. Here are many budget gluten free recipes to check out if you are also sticking to a budget.

We tried it in our Air fryer absolutely loved it. The fish we used was cod it came out nice & flakey, crunchy not greasy.”

Diana C., Pinterest User

Why This Cod Recipe Is Great:

  1. Cod is one of the few white fish types that my kids will eat. It is flaky and mild and so easy to cook.
  2. This recipe is really easy to make with very few ingredients.
  3. Cod absorbs flavor from the seasoning quickly, and it tastes incredible.
  4. This easy meal cooks in just 10-12 minutes!
  5. You get the taste of fried fish without all the calories of frying fish in oil.

If your kids love this cod, they will love this kid-friendly gluten free cod fettuccine alfredo dinner recipe!

Ingredient Notes:

  • Cod – Use fillets that are deboned. (Most cod you buy in the grocery store should be boneless.) You can use fresh or frozen and thawed cod for this recipe.
  • Gluten free flour blend – You can use any blend for this; it doesn’t have to have xanthan gum.
  • Seasonings – Paprika, garlic powder, and cajun seasonings. (Always double-check ingredients if you are gluten free.) I used Zatarain’s Cajun Seasoning, but you can also use Old Bay Seasoning.

How To Thaw Frozen Fish

If your cod is frozen, defrost it before dipping it into the seasoning mix. Here are two ways to thaw your cod:

  1. Place the frozen cod in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. This is the easiest method but also the slowest. If you are looking for a faster method, you will want to do the second option.
  2. Remove the frozen cod from the outer packaging, but leave the cod in the inner wrapping. Place the fish in a bowl of warm water. Let the fish soak for 15-20 minutes. You can refresh the water with warmer water. Do not use boiling hot water.
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No matter what size air fryer you have, you can make this air fryer cod fish recipe in any. If you are trying to decide on what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free. I include a great pros and cons list for each model.

How To Make Air Fryer Cod:

The cod coating mix in a bowl ready to mix.

Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 360º F. Add garlic powder, paprika, cajun seasonings (I used Zaitarins brand), sea salt, and ground black pepper in a large bowl. Whisk to blend the fish coating mix.

A cod filet in the fish coating mix.

Step 2: Remove the codfish from the package and pat the fish dry with a paper towel. Double-check to make sure there are no bones.

Tips for Seasoning The Cod

  • Dip the fish into the coating and ensure you get the flour seasoning mixture on both sides.
  • Don’t overcrowd the fish while coating it in the seasoning mix. Dip one fillet at a time. Be sure every bit of the fish is coated.

NOTE: If you have frozen cod, defrost the fish before coating it in the seasoning. See above for tips to thaw the cod.

Which gluten free flour is best for frying?

You can use several different gluten-free flour blends and regular flour in this recipe. I used a combination of King Arthur GF Measure for Measure and plantain flour. You can use regular flour, corn, or rice flour instead of plantain flour.

You can also use flours like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour in the red bag. It contains bean flours, which are great for savory dishes.

Using an oil sprayer to spray the seasoned cod in the air fryer.

Step 3: Place the fish in a single layer into an oiled air fryer basket. Be sure the cod fillets are not touching each other. You want the hot air to circulate around all areas of the fish.

Spray the top of the fish with light oil. This light spray of oil helps crisp up the outside of the fish, and it also helps seal in the flavor!

If you are wondering what oils are best, you can check out my easy Air Fryer Oil guide. Using the right oil is critical to avoid off-flavors in your air-fried foods.

A spatula lifting a piece of cod out of the air fryer.

Step 4: Cook at 360º F for 6 minutes on each side. For thinner filets, cook for 5 minutes on each side. Check the internal temperature with a digital thermometer to see if the cod is cooking. You will know the cod is finished cooking when it has an internal temperature of 145º F.

Note that cooking time will vary depending on how thick your cod is!

If you love air-fried seafood, you will love this Air Fryer Scallops in a Dill Garlic Butter, too!

Baking Directions:

You can still enjoy this delicious recipe if you do not have an air fryer. Prepare the cod the same way and spray it with oil. Bake at 375º F for 20 minutes, depending on how thick your cod is.

Sides To Serve With Cod:

Storage:

Store your air-fried cod in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for up to 3 days. You can also freeze this cod by placing cooled cod into a freezer bag.

To reheat the cod, you can microwave it for 45 seconds. I prefer to reheat my cod in the air fryer or oven to keep it crisp. To reheat using the air fryer, cook for 3-4 minutes at 340º F. To reheat in the oven, place the cod on a sheet pan and bake at 350º F for 10 minutes.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you cook frozen cod in the air fryer?

You can cook frozen cod in the air fryer, but it won’t be as good in this recipe. This recipe uses thawed cod that is patted dry to keep the coating crisp.

Can you put foil down in the air fryer?

The whole point of the air fryer is to circulate hot air around your fish to get it crisp. If you put foil down, the underside of the fish will not be crisp.

What other types of fish can you cook in an air fryer?

You can cook sole, halibut, catfish, or any fish.

If you love cooking with an air fryer, check out my easy gluten free air fryer recipes!

a single piece of air fried cod on a white plate. It is garnished with lemon and parsley

If you want to try another delicious cod recipe, try this Miso Glazed Cod. You can bake, grill, or make it in your air fryer!

Delicious and so easy!!! Loved it with the Bay Seasoning. Yum.”

Brandi, Pinterest User

More Air Fryer Recipes To Try:

If you love seafood as much as we do, you will want to check out these 50+ deliciously easy gluten free seafood recipes. I am sure you will find some new favorites! These were picked with the pickiest eaters in mind! You will also love my crispy gluten free cod fish sticks too.

a slice of cod on a white plate. The serving dish of cod is in the background

Air Fryer Cod

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious easy air fryer cod recipe that is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. Kids love this mild white fish recipe!
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4.97 from 80 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 129 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ pounds cod
  • ¼ cup flour regular or gluten free
  • 3 tablespoons plantain flour or use more flour
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning or old bay
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon light oil for spraying
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Spray oil on the air fryer basket and preheat it to 360 degrees F.
  • Mix the spices in a bowl with the flour and whisk to blend.
  • If your fish is frozen, see the Notes Section below for thawing directions.
  • Remove the cod from the package and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Dip each piece of fish into the flour spice mixture and then turn it over and press down to coat all of the fish.
  • Place the fish in the air fryer basket. Spray with oil. Make sure there is space around each piece of fish so air can circulate around the fish.
  • Cook at 360º F for 6-8 minutes on each side. Note cooking time will vary depending on how thick your pieces of cod are! For thinner filets cook 5 minutes on each side.
  • Enjoy hot with lemon.

Notes

1. You can use other types of fish in this air fryer fish recipe.
2. You can substitute cornflour, regular flour, or rice flour for plantain flour.
3. Do not use olive oil because it doesn’t do well at high heat. Try coconut oil or canola.
4. This cod will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
How To Thaw Frozen Fish
If your cod is frozen, you will need to defrost it before dipping it into the seasoning mix. Here are two ways to thaw your cod:
  1. Place the frozen cod in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. This is the easiest method, but also the slowest. If you are looking for a faster method, you will want to do the second option.
  2. Remove the frozen cod from the outer packaging, but leave the cod in the inner wrapping. Place the fish in a bowl of warm water. Let the fish soak for 15-20 minutes. You can refresh the water with warmer water. Do not use boiling hot water.
Baking directions:
If you do not have an air fryer, you can still enjoy this delicious recipe. Prepare the cod the same way and spray it with oil. Bake at 375º F for 20 minutes, depending on how thick your cod is.
Storage:
Store your air fried cod in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for up to 3 days. You can also freeze this cod by placing cooled cod into a freezer bag.
To reheat the cod, you can microwave it for 45 seconds. I prefer to reheat my cod in the air fryer or oven to keep it crisp. To reheat using the air fryer, cook for 3-4 minutes at 340º F. To reheat in the oven, place the cod on a sheet pan and bake at 350º F for 10 minutes.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 21gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 492mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 227IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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44 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect 10/10! This Air Fryer Cod is a game-changer – unbelievably crispy, moist perfection. Simple steps, delicious taste. Thanks for making cooking a breeze!

  2. 5 stars
    Used gluten free flour and this turned out quite nice! I would recommend going heavier on the seasoning because mine was a bit bland. I spaced out the pieces in a silicone liner and they still formed a nice crust. Thanks for the recipe!

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