Cod is a mild whitefish that everyone, including the kids, will love. This tender, flaky air fryer cod has a slight crispiness on the outside from cooking in the air fryer, and it stays moist and juicy inside. Make this easy dinner recipe in under 25 minutes.

A white plate with a piece of air fryer 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!

We take budgeting seriously here because gluten-free can be expensive. If you are also on a budget, here are many budget-friendly gluten-free recipes.

Recipe At A Glance:

  • Skill Level – Beginner
  • Allergen Information – This recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free.
  • # of Ingredients – 8
  • Meat Types – Cod and other types of mild white fish.
  • Prep & Cook Time – 25 minutes.

Why I love this air fryer cod:

  1. Cod is one of the few white fish types that my kids will eat. It is flaky, mild, and 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. 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!

Reader Rave

We tried it in our air fryer and absolutely loved it. The fish we used was cod. It came out nice & flakey, crunchy, not greasy.” Diana C., Pinterest comment

All of the ingredients you need to make this recipe are pictured.

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.
  • Flour – You can use any flour or gluten-free blend for this recipe.
  • Seasonings – Smoked 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.
  • Cooking Oil – Use an oil that is tolerant of high-heat cooking. I use avocado oil and spray it on my fish before cooking it. 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.

How To Thaw Frozen Fish

If your cod is frozen, you will want to defrost it before dipping it into the seasoning mix. Frozen cod has a thin layer of ice, and that ice will melt during cooking. When this happens, your seasonings will also melt off with the ice, leaving unseasoned fish. Here are two easy 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 method. If you are looking for a faster method, you will want to use the second option.
  2. Remove the frozen cod from the outer packaging, but leave it in the inner wrapping. Place the fish in a bowl of warm water and let it soak for 15-20 minutes. You can refresh the water with warmer water but do not use boiling hot water.

No matter what size air fryer you have, you can make this air fryer cod fish recipe in any size. If you are trying to decide what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free cooking. I include a great pros and cons list for each model.

Tips For Sucess

1. If your cod is frozen, thaw it. See above for two ways to thaw cod easily.
2. If you are gluten-free, it is important to use an air fryer that is dedicated to gluten-free cooking. Flour and gluten can get into the cooking fan, and it can not be cleaned out.

How To Make Air Fryer Cod:

The cod coating mix in a bowl ready to mix.
My bowl of the seasoning ingredients.

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

A cod filet in the fish coating mix.
Dipping the fish in the spice coating.

Step 2: Remove the cod from the packaging. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel. This will help the coating stick better. Double-check the cod filets 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 into the coating mixture. Be sure every bit of the fish is coated.

Which gluten-free flour is best for frying?

You can use several different gluten-free flour blends in this recipe if you are gluten-free. I used King Arthur GF Measure for Measure.

You can also use flours like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour, their blend 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.
Spraying oil over the fish

Step 3: Spray the empty cod basket bottom with oil. Place the fish in a single layer into the 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.

Step 4: Spray the top of the cod in the air fryer with light oil. This light spray of oil helps crisp up the outside of the fish and seal in the flavor!

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

Step 4: Cook the cod in the air fryer at 360º F for 6 minutes on each side. When you flip the cod, be very careful not to remove the coating. 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 it is finished when it reaches 145º F. Note that cooking time will vary depending on how thick your cod is!

Baking instructions:

No air fryer, no problem!! You can still enjoy this delicious air fryer cod recipe. Prepare the cod the same way as directed for the air fryer 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 and Reheating Instructions:

Store your air-fried cod in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The cooked fish will keep fresh for up to 3 days. You can also freeze this cod by placing cooled cod into a freezer-safe container or zipper 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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 fish’s underside will not be crisp.

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

You can cook sole, halibut, catfish, shrimp, 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!

Reader Rave

Delicious and so easy!!! Loved it with the Bay Seasoning. Yum.” Brandi M., Pinterest comment

More Seafood 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!

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

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!
4.97 from 82 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

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ pounds cod
  • ¼ cup flour regular or gluten free
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning or old bay more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon light oil for spraying * see notes
  • 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.

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Notes

  1. You can use other types of fish in this air fryer fish recipe.
  2. Do not use olive oil because it doesn’t do well at high heat. Try avocado or canola oil.
  3. This cod will keep up to 4 days in an airtight 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:
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.
Storage:
Store your air-fried cod in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it by placing cooled cod into a freezer bag.
Reheating:
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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48 Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you. I WILL NEVER BAKE COD IN THE OVEN AGAIN!
    Your airfryer recipe is amazing.

    The cod was so juicy and delicate. Yum….yum!

  2. 5 stars
    This air fryer cod is fabulous!!! I did not have cod available and so I used Orange Roughy. It was amazing!!!!! I will be making this at least weekly from now on. LOVE IT!

  3. 4 stars
    I noticed that you have a serving, which I calculate as 4 ounces, as having just 2g of protein. Shouldn’t that be 20g of protein?

    1. Hi Rebecca, That is interesting. The calculations are part of a program attached to the recipe card. I don’t put numbers in so I wonder if it had a snafu. I ran it again and it says 21g now.

  4. 3 stars
    The flavor is good, however if you don’t put oil or butter on the fish you won’t get very appetizing results.

  5. Hi! Do you need to use a blend of flours or Dan I use just the gf all purpose flour. I have brown rice flour and sweet rice flour, can those be used in her blend instead of plantain flour?

  6. 5 stars
    This was so so so good. I just got an air fryer for my birthday. I’ve been looking for creative ways to cook with it. I never would have thought you could get a texture like that without oil! That said, does anybody have any tips for getting the fishy smell out of the appliance once you’re done? I don’t want to use a harsh cleaner or anything like that.

      1. Hi Tonja, it should cook well with frozen fish but the coating may not stick as well. I advise soaking the fish in lukewarm water for 10 minutes then pat it dry first.

    1. Hi Jenny, I haven’t tried coconut flour. I do know when I bake with coconut flour it doesn’t get crisp like gluten free flour and I worry it would get mushy on your cod. Can you use tapioca starch, which is also paleo like coconut flour?

  7. i’ve never made fish in the Air Fryer! Really exciting to try it out! Do you think Avocado oil would be a good oil to use? I know it’s great for high heat, but do you think it would alter the flavor too much?