Air-Fryer Fish Tacos

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min./batch


8 servings

Updated: Aug. 24, 2023
These crispy air-fryer fish tacos are good enough to challenge the best food truck. I love that the fish is deliciously guilt-free because it’s air fried instead of deep fried. —Lena Lim, Seattle, Washington
Air-Fryer Fish Tacos Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 tilapia fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each white pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika
  • 8 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped


  1. Place sour cream, chiles, cilantro and lime juice in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Set aside.
  2. Cut each tilapia fillet lengthwise into 2 portions. Place flour, egg white and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip tilapia in flour, then egg white, then crumbs.
  3. Preheat air fryer to 400°. In batches, arrange fillets in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, 10-12 minutes, turning once.
  4. Combine seasonings; sprinkle over fish. Place a portion of fish on each tortilla; top with about 2 tablespoons sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with tomato. If desired, top with additional cilantro.

Air-Fryer Fish Tacos Tips

Can you use other kinds of fish to make air-fryer fish tacos?

A mild whitefish like the tilapia in this recipe works best for fish tacos. Other options include snapper, mahi mahi, grouper, flounder, halibut or cod. Of course, if you have a local fresh fish you want to use, that’s great, too! If you have frozen filets, fill a bowl with hot water, and place fish in a plastic resealable bag in the water until the fish has some elasticity.

What can you serve with air-fryer fish tacos?

This island mango slaw is perfect side—or topper!—to these air-fryer fish tacos. You can also serve them with your favorite rice or grain, such as this Spanish rice. To drink, make a batch of classic margaritas or fruity frozen margaritas.

What internal temperature does fish need to be cooked to?

The USDA recommends cooking fish to 145°F (62.8°C). Visually, the fish should be opaque and the flesh should flake easily.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find that cook times vary dramatically among different brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 taco: 178 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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