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Air Fryer Catfish Fillets

Air Fryer Catfish Fillets are a deliciously healthy update to an old southern style favorite. The ingredients list and the cooking time are short and simple. Gluten free option included.
5 from 14 votes


  • 1 pound catfish fillets recommend U.S. Farm-Raised
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons almond flour can substitute all purpose flour if desired
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning optional, recommend Tony Chachere's
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt more if Creole seasoning isn't used
  • fine mist of oil spray


  • Blend egg and milk in shallow dish.
  • Blend cornmeal, flour (almond or all purpose), seasoning, salt in another shallow dish.
  • Dip fillets in egg mixture, allowing to drain for a few seconds.
  • Dredge fish fillets in flour mixture, coating both sides.
  • Lay fillets on basket of air fryer that has been sprayed with oil. Spray fish fillets with fine mist of oil.
  • Cook in air fryer that has been preheated to 375° for 5-6 minutes.
  • Flip fillets over and spray again. Cook 4-5 minutes more, and up to additional 1-2 minutes, depending on thickness of fillets.
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