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air fryer tilapia with tartar sauce and a lemon wedge.
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Air Fryer Tilapia

This air fryer tilapia is brushed with butter, seasoned with spices, and cooked to perfection!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 271kcal


  • air fryer


  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste season generously
  • nonstick spray


  • Spray your air fryer basket with nonstick spray.
  • Brush the tilapia fillets with melted butter and season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. Season the fillets on both sides with the spice blend.
  • Place the tilapia in the air fryer basket, make sure they don't overlap. Cook for 3 minutes, flip with a fish spatula and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Avoid using tongs to flip the fish.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy!


  • You can season the fish with just salt and pepper and serve it with lemon wedges. It'll be just as good!
  • Place any leftovers in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. To reheat, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Don't use tongs when removing the fish from the air fryer basket. The tilapia is very delicate and will fall apart. Use a fish spatula instead.
  • Let the tilapia fillets sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before cooking. Cooking cold fish straight out of the fridge will result in uneven cooking.
  • Tilapia can be bland so make sure to season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg