Learn how to cook frozen cod in air fryer with this air fryer frozen cod recipe that's easy, and quick. All you need is 15 minutes of cooking time or less for flaky, tender, and flavorful cod fillets. You don’t even need to thaw the fish first! Let me show you how to make it.
Air Fryer Frozen Cod Recipe
Cooking frozen cod in air fryer is quick and easy. Just season, add the fish to your air fryer, and press start- that’s all there is to it! Frozen cod fillets are a lifesaver when you need a quick meal after a long day of work and this is the definition of a hands-off recipe.
This air fryer frozen cod recipe is healthy! Fish is one of the most nutritious proteins you can eat. It's filled with heart-healthy fats, lean protein, and micronutrients.
I use a simple seasoning fish, however, the seasoning to air fry frozen cod is totally customizable. Add lemon, herbs, and spices, to completely customize the flavor as you like.
I find cooking codfish in the air fryer yields the most consistent results. It’s perfectly crispy on the outside yet flaky on the inside. We like serving it with air fryer diced potatoes, baked vegetables, or a side of jollof rice but you can serve it with any other side of your choice.
I’m a huge air fryer fan! It’s not only convenient, but it also leaves a small footprint on the countertop (and your energy bill). Plus, the consistency of the food it cooks is something to be admired. From vegetables and baked goods to frozen foods, the air fryer can do it all so you will love this recipe.
Full ingredient quantities and instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Cod fillets: It’s not necessary to defrost the fillets. Just use them straight from the package.
Salt, pepper: Salt brings out the flavor of the fish, and freshly cracked black pepper adds a slight kick.
Seasonings: I like to keep my flavors straightforward with parsley, garlic powder, and onion granules. You can also use Old Bay seasoning for a more convenient option.
Olive oil: Use olive oil or your favorite cooking oil to brush the seasonings on the fillets.
How To Cook Frozen Cod In Air Fryer
Full instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Mix the seasonings and olive oil together in a small bowl.
Brush the marinade all over the cod fillets, making sure to coat them thoroughly.
Arrange the cod in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each fillet.
Air fry cod fillets at a temperature of 180C/360F for 8 minutes.
Remove them from the air fryer and serve.
How Long To Cook Cod In Air Fryer
This depends on the size of the cod fillets or loins and the temperature it is cooked. When cooked at a high temperature, it will take a shorter time to cook than when cooked at a lower temperature.
Generally, how long to cook frozen cod in air fryer is 8 minutes at a temperature of 360F/180C.
If not frozen, how long to cook cod in air fryer is 4-6 minutes.
You do not need to flip cod when cooking in the AF.
Cod is cooked when the internal temperature when checked with an instant-read thermometer is at least 125F or 50C. When a fork is inserted into the fish, it will be flaky, and tender.
What To Serve With
It pairs perfectly with delicious sides like:
How To Store & Reheat
Even though frozen cod fillets in air fryer are quick to prepare, it also makes for great leftovers. Just follow these simple tips to keep them fresh:
Fridge: Once cooled, transfer the fish to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
Freezer: If you want to extend the storage time past 3 days, transfer the fillets back to a freezer-safe bag or container. Air fried cod will last for up to a month in the freezer this way.
Reheat: Don’t worry about thawing the fish again. Simply add it straight from frozen to the air fryer, then air fry it at 160C for 4-5 minutes, or until warm all the way through.
Tips For Cooking Air Fryer Cod Frozen
- No need to flip the fish during cooking to avoid them breaking.
- Impart new and exciting flavors with seasonings like lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, Creole seasoning, blackening seasoning, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, or red pepper flakes.
- If you don’t have cod available, don’t worry! Any type of lean white fish fillets can be used. Try tilapia, halibut, or pollock for slightly different textures and flavors.
- For a pop of flavor and color, add freshly-chopped herbs like dill, parsley, sage, or chives. They really bring this dish to life!
- If you cook meat regularly, I recommend investing in an instant-read meat thermometer. This way, you’ll know for sure that your fish is perfectly cooked and safe to consume. Skip the guesswork and pick one up!
The safest way to tell if cod is finished cooking is by measuring the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Add the probe to the thickest part of the cod, and check to make sure it has reached 145F.
Yes, and it’s perfectly safe to do so as long it reaches an internal temperature of 140-145F.
There are a few different methods to prevent cod from sticking to the air fryer basket. Use cooking oil to brush the fish. You can also use silicone liners or parchment paper that’s specifically designed for the air fryer.
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Frozen Cod In Air Fryer
- Air Fryer
- 3 Frozen cod fillets
- ¼ teaspoon Parsley
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon Black pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- Mix the seasonings and olive oil together in a small bowl.
- Brush the marinade all over the cod fillets, making sure to coat them thoroughly.
- Arrange the cod in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each fillet.
- Air fry cod fillets at a temperature of 180C/360F for 8 minutes.
- Remove them from the air fryer and serve.