Air Fryer Mahi Mahi is a crunchy piece of moist fried fish. It’s fun to eat.. I am always looking for healthier alternatives and cooking mahi mahi in the air fryer is a much more healthy dinner recipe without all the calories and saturated fat of traditional fried fish
Mahi Mahi is my favorite white fish. It is a perfect for air frying. I just season up some plain Panko bread crumbs with some salt pepper and spices like garlic powder, paprika, and some thyme.
In this post, I am going to teach you a few things
- How to cook air fryer Mahi Mahi recipe
- How to make a delicious quick dipping sauce for fish
- How to cook Mahi Mahi in the air fryer from frozen
This dish was inspired by how many times I saw somebody asking how to cook fish in the air fryer on social media. I took it upon myself to give it a shot and be able to answer that question. This recipe is great served with green beans or this Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus.
- Mahi Mahi Fish Filets
- Plain Panko Breadcrumbs
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Dried Thyme
- Onion Powder (Optional)
- Olive Oil (Optional)
Jump to recipe card for quantities.
How to Cook Mahi Mahi in Air Fryer
Cooking Mahi Mahi is simple and can be done in a few steps and I am going to show you how to cook Mahi Mahi in the air fryer.
Preheat your Air Fryer to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes.
Step 1 – Place the fillets on a large plate and dry well with a paper towel. Coat each of the fish fillets with mayonnaise liberally. The mayo is going to act as a binder and help the breadcrumbs adhere to the fish better .
Step 2 – Coat the fish fillets with the seasoned Panko breadcrumbs liberally. Press the breading into the fish to help it adhere. Repeat this process for all the Mahi Mahi fillets.
How Long to Air Fry Mahi Mahi
Step 3 – Spray or wipe the basket with a small amount of oil. Place the Mahi Mahi in the air fryer basket and air fry for a total cooking time of 10 to 14 minutes. Flip the fish halfway through.
Note: Airfryers come in different wattages so that is why there is a 4 minute window in the cooking time.
I would start checking at 10 minutes. I like to cook the fish until it will flake easily.
Tip: It is recommended that fish be cooked to a minimum temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit but keep in mind because there is some carryover cooking when it is done so pull it out a little bit early. Do not use cooking spray on your air fryer basket.
How to Serve Air Fryer Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi Tacos. Tacos are always a favorite. Use a warm tortilla and top with cabbage slaw, tomatoes,avocado and the dipping sauce below.
Mahi Mahi Topped Salad. Mahi Mahi is always good as a protein topping for salad. I usually use romaine lettuce, purple cabbage and any veggies that I like with a favorite salad dressing.
How to Make Fish Dipping Sauce
Below is the dipping sauce that I make with fried fish. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes for flavors to blend.
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Franks Hot Sauce or Srachia Sauce if you prefer
Salt and Pepper to taste
The measurements are in the recipe card.
How to Cook Frozen Mahi Mahi in Air Fryer
Prepare the fish as usual up until the fish is breaded with Panko breadcrumbs.
Place the breaded fillets in a zip top bag in the freezer until ready to cook.
Preheat the air fryer to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Cook for 13-15 minutes flipping halfway through.
Cook until the desired doneness.
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Air Fryer Recipes to Enjoy
Store Cooked Fish in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
These ingredients don’t stand up well to freezing.
Reheating fish in the air fryer is simple. Preheat air fryer to 350°F. Place fish in air fryer basket.
Reheat for 3 to 4 minutes.
Air Fryer Mahi Mahi
- 1 to 1/2 Lbs Mahi Mahi Filets
- 3 Tablespoons Mayonaise
- 1 Cup Plain Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 tsp. Dried Thyme
Fish Dipping Sauce
- 3 Tbsp. Mayonaise
- 1 Tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1/4 tsp. Franks Hot Sauce 1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
- 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions for Mahi Mahi
- Preheat air fryer to 400° F for five minutes
- Place Panko breadcrumbs in a dish and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and dried thyme. Stir to combine.
- Make sure that mahi-mahi fillets are very dry. Coat the filets with the mayonasise liberally and then coat with the seasoned Panko breadcrumbs. Push on the filets a bit to get the coating to stick well.
- Place filets in preheated air fryer and air fry about 12-14 minutes. Flip filets hallway through cooking time. If you are using a food thermometer cook to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Directions for Dipping Sauce
- In a bowl mix together mayonaise, soy sauce, hot sauce, dijon mustard and lemon juice. If you want it a bit more spicy add some more hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper.