Incredible Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Cod

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Air Fryer Cod will change the way you eat fish! Crispy golden outside and flakey tender inside, you are going to love this!

We love fish at our house, especially when it tastes this amazing! More favorites include Fish and Chips, Baja Tacos and this Salmon.

Crispy parmesan air fryer cod with asparagus on a plate.

Air Fryer Cod Filets

Air frying fish is one of the best ways to cook this delicate tender meat.  The air fryer basket is perfect, it allows the circulating air to cook the outside and the inside while keeping the fish intact. So many times I have lost chunks down between the slats of a grill or they stick to the pan. Air frying gives you delicate delightful fish that looks and tastes better than any restaurant. The panko breading is perfectly seasoned and the cheese adds a touch of saltiness and nuttiness. It’s so easy to make and tastes just as delicious!

Air fried parmesan cod is the perfect dinner choice. It has a light mild flavor and it is good for you. Serve it up with some rice, vegetables, or potatoes and a nice salad. Perfect for a busy weekday or a nice weekend dinner. Put this air fryer cod in your recipe rotation.

Ingredients for Parmesan Cod

Fresh and basic, this Cod could not be any easier or taste any better! It is so good!

  • Cod Fillets: You can use fresh or frozen.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season just to taste.
  • Flour: All purpose or unbleached will work.
  • Eggs: Large lightly beaten.
  • Salt: Adds flavor
  • Panko: I do not recommend breadcrumbs but they will work.
  • Parmesan: Grated will stick best to the fish.
  • Bay Seasoning: A classic flavoring for fish.
  • Garlic Powder: Adds more flavor.
  • Olive oil spray: Use this only if you need it.

Making Crispy Air Fryer Cod

Super easy parmesan cod is going to become a family favorite!

  1. Cod: Pat the cod dry and salt and pepper.
  2. Breading Station: Create a breading station for the fish. In one bowl add the flour. In the second whisk together the eggs and salt. Then in the last bowl add the Panko, parmesan cheese, old bay seasoning, and garlic powder.
  3. Flour: First dip the cod in the flour.
  4. Egg: Then in the egg mixture.
  5. Panko: And lastly in the panko.
  6. Air Fryer: Spray the bottom of your basket with olive oil. Place the fish in the basket of your air fryer.
  7. Bake: Cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Carefully flip the fish. Continue to cook for 3-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
Seasoning, and breading the cod.

Tips For Dipping and Breading Cod

Breading any food can be messy. Here is sure fire way to at least keep it manageable.

  • One hand: With one hand dip the cod into the flour mixture and coat evenly. Using the same hand dip it into the egg mixture, shake off any excess egg.  Then drop into the panko mixture.
  • The Other Hand:  Use your other dry hand to press the panko into the cod evenly and all over. Coat it well. Then you place in the air fryer basket. Repeat.
Breaded panko in air fryer basket.

Tips for the Best Air Fryer Parmesan Cod

I love cooking with an air fryer for lots of reasons but one of them is that it is hard to mess up your food. Air frying makes it easy to make luscious meals, every single time.

  • Don’t Over Crowd: Given the fish space to breath, if they are too close together, they will steam instead of “fry”
  • Cod: Use a good quality cod fillet. Fresh or frozen is fine. You don’t them too thin or the fish won’t have time to crisp up before it starts to dry out. Thaw frozen cod according to package directions. Pat both dry with a paper towel to remove any extra moisture. This will help the crust crisp nicely.
  • Oil: Using oil is optional but can help it become crispy. Use an oil only spray. Not a non-stick spray, such as pam, they have additives that will ruin your air fryer.
  • Panko: Panko bread crumbs are larger and absorb less moisture so they will produce the best crust. It will be crispy and golden. Regular breadcrumbs will not give you the same results.
  • Fish: This will work with any type of white fish and turn out amazing. Think snapper, tilapia, bass and haddock.
Cooked cod in the air fryer with wedges of lemon.

What to Serve Crispy Air Fryer Parmesan Cod with

This crispy cod is awesome all by itself but you can add to it as you like.

  • Sauce: Tartar sauce is a fan favorite. Malt vinegar, ranch, yum yum sauce, or a squeeze of lemon might be all you need.
  • Use it in: Use this fried cod for fish tacos, mix into a salad, or make a fish sandwich to remember.

How to Store Cod Filets

Keep leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes or till heated through. It won’t have the same crunchiness but it will still be good. Crispy Air Fryer Cod is best right out of the air fryer.

Upclose picture of a fork cutting into the air fryer cod.

More Seafood Favorites

We love a good seafood recipe at our house. Even the kids love it.  Fish is a healthy protein that is good to put in your mix of recipes on a weekly basis. Some seafood is rich like lobster and some is mild and light like shrimp. Whatever you prefer to eat I have a recipe for you. Here are a few tried and true to get you started.

Air Fryer Cod

4.70 from 13 votes
Air Fryer Cod will change the way you eat fish! Crispy golden outside and flakey tender inside, you are going to love this!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Cod


  • 1 pound cod filets
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • olive oil spray if needed


  • Salt and pepper the cod filets.
  • Create a breading station for the fish. In one bowl add the flour. In the second bowl whisk together the eggs and salt. In the last bowl add the Panko, parmesan cheese, old bay seasoning, and garlic powder.
  • First dip the cod in the flour.
  • Then in the egg mixture.
  • And lastly in the Panko.
  • Spray the bottom of your basket with olive oil. Place the fish in the basket of your air fryer. Cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Carefully flip the fish. Continue to cook for 3-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.



Serves: 4

Calories303kcal (15%)Carbohydrates24g (8%)Protein32g (64%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Trans Fat1gCholesterol153mg (51%)Sodium689mg (29%)Potassium576mg (16%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A315IU (6%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium211mg (21%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer cod, cod filets, Cod Fish
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic! Just perfect! This recipe has pretty much killed it for fast food fish and chips for me. I didn’t use the Parmesan (this time!) because I had run out but even without it, the cod was great! Threw some Ore-Ida Crispy Crinkle fries when the fish was done and had the best fish ‘n chips ever. Thank you for this great recipe.

  2. 3 stars
    A total of 13 minutes was way too much cooking time in an air fryer. It was way overcooked. I like parmesan cod though so I will try it again but only cook it a total of 8 minutes.

    1. 5 stars
      This was fantastic! Mine was cooked perfectly! It was a little thick so I cooked it for 14 minutes. The flavor was awesome and the crust was nice and crunchy! Thank you for sharing! I loved it! Even the skeptical husband liked it! Lol

  3. 5 stars
    I cut the flour etc in half and cooked for 10 minutes. Old bay seasonings is not available in Canada so I substituted. This was delicious and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. Cod fillets vary greatly in size. The rule of thumb is 10 minutes for a 1-inch thick fillet in a conventional oven. I would revise that to 8 minutes for an air fryer or convection oven. Half-inch fillets cook in the half the time. Few things are less palatable than overcooked fish.

  5. 4 stars
    I love how easy this cod recipe goes together. In my air fryer the fish was a little overdone at 10 min then 3 min. I will make it again, but cut down the cooking time to maybe 8 min, then 3 min.

  6. You can easily cut the panko mixture and flour in half, and only use 1 egg. I feel like I just wasted a lot of ingredients.

    1. 5 stars
      I love the flavor of the recipe. I’m making it for a second time now and agree , that each item Could be halved! I have a lot left over of flour, panko and egg! I should have read your comment first!

  7. 4 stars
    Made exactly per recipe. Served with steamed baby potatoes and spinach. Quite delicious. Definitely a keeper! Thank you.

  8. Delicious! I used a different seasoning but it is a great recipe. Thanks for the tips on how to do the coating!

  9. I have a question about the oil. You said that it was optional. Are you referring to the oil that the recipe directs us to spray on the basket bottom or am I supposed to spray extra on the fish itself?
    I think you would need to spray the basket so the fish does not stick to the basket. That’s what is confusing me.

    1. I’m so sorry for the confusion! The olive oil is to spray the bottom of the pan. It helps the cod not stick and also can help it maintain a crispy outside texture. Some people don’t like to use cooking spray at all in their air fryers, even if it’s olive oil, which is why it’s optional! I hope you try it and love it!

  10. 5 stars
    10/10 the best air fryer recipe I have ever stumbled upon! I used wheat flour instead of white, and primal palate seafood seasoning blend instead of old bay only because that’s what I had on hand and this was still beyond excellent. I paired the fish with some duck fat baked sweet potato fries and tarter sauce.

  11. 5 stars
    So good!! They came out so flaky and perfectly cooked. I only ended up doing 10 minutes total, but I had made them into smaller sizes than what was pictured. So easy, delicious, and will definitely save to make again!

  12. Made this last night, it was excellent. Nice and, crispy. My husband loves it, he even ate the leftovers cold. I will be making it again. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! My family loved how it turned out, including my brother who does not like the taste of fish. I used tilapia and fried it with vegetable oil in a frying pan since I do not have an air fryer. Making it again tonight!

  14. This is my first Air Fryer fish recipe and it was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend this one! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. I love my air fryer from Sur La Table. It is a 6 quart but not sure the brand. Any air fryer from Costco or Amazon is a great investment too. I recommend a 6 quart with a basket.

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