I do really love a crunchy piece of moist fried fish. It’s fun to eat but can be high in calories. I am always looking for a healthier alternative and this air fryer mahi mahi recipe is a much more healthy dinner option.
It’s crunchy the fish is flaky and it’s not greasy at all. My family loves this mahi mahi air fryer fish recipe. It is so simple to do. I just season up some plain Panko bread crumbs with some salt pepper and spices like garlic powder, paprika, and some thyme.
In less than 15 minutes you have delicious fish that doesn’t have all the calories and fat.
In this post, I am going to teach you a few things
- How to cook Mahi Mahi in the air fryer
- 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
Preheat your Air Fryer to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit
Step 1 – Place the fillets and a large plate and dry well with a paper towel. Coat each of the fish fillets with mayonnaise liberally. This is going to make the breadcrumbs stick better than just drizzling with oil. I did not season the Mahi Mahi itself because I put the seasoning in the breadcrumbs.
Step 2 – Coat the fish fillets with the seasoned Panko breadcrumbs liberally. When I am breading the fish I push down on the fillets a bit to help the breadcrumbs stick to the fish. Repeat this process for all the Mahi Mahi fillets.
Hint: Press the fillets down in the breadcrumbs to help them stick to the fish fillets.
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.
Remember air fryers 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 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 Make Fish Dipping Sauce
When it comes to crunchy fried fish I like to have some sort of dipping sauce. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes for flavors to blend. This is the ingredients in the dipping sauce.
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
Step 1 – Prepare the fish as usual up until the fish is breaded with Panko breadcrumbs.
Step 2 – Place the breaded fillets in a zip top bag in the freezer until ready to cook.
Step 3 – Preheat the air fryer to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4 – 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.