This Air Fryer Fish and Chips recipe comes out crispy and delicious every time. Golden, flaky white fish is paired with homemade fries for an easy air fryer meal that’s made with with less oil than traditional frying. 

For more delicious seafood recipes, be sure to check out my Salmon Teriyaki Bowls, Shrimp Enchiladas, and Bruschetta Tilapia.

air fried fish on a tray with fries and lemon slices.

Fish and chips is total comfort food for me. It’s one of those things that I find myself craving, and that I love to try at different restaurants to judge who makes it the best.

breaded fish and French fries in an air fryer basket

So far my favorite fish and chips is from a little neighborhood pub in Cape Cod. On a trip to visit one of my close college friends from Boston last fall, I made it my mission to eat fresh seafood as much as possible.

Far and away my favorite fish from the whole trip was the flaky, golden and crispy fish and chips we had at one of her family’s favorite local hangouts. It was the stuff of dreams!

air fried fish on a tray with fries and lemon slices.

Since I live in Texas and can’t visit the Cape as much as I’d like, I knew I needed to find a way to make some fish and chips at home. And of course, I had to make it in my air fryer; my fave kitchen tool.

I love Air Fryer Fish and Chips because it’s a little bit healthier than the deep fried version you get from pubs or restaurants, but still has so much crispy, delicious flavor. And with homemade chips (fries!) on the side, this is an easy meal to please all!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Fish and Chips

  • russet potatoes
  • salt + pepper
  • all purpose flour
  • cornstarch
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • baking soda
  • beer
  • white fish (cod is what I use)

ingredients in bowls on a counter top.

How to Make Air Fryer Fish and Chips – Step by Step

Step 1: Soak potatoes

Soak the potatoes in a bowl of cold water for at least 30 minutes, and up to 3 hours. If soaking for longer than 30 minutes, change the water at least once during the soak time.

Step 2: Make the coatings

To make the fish, whisk ½ cup of the flour and all of the cornstarch together in a shallow bowl. In a separate large bowl, stir together the remaining 1 cup of flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and baking soda. Pour in the beer and stir to combine.

Step 3: Coat the fish

Dredge each piece of fish in the flour mixture, then submerge each in the batter, dripping off any excess batter. Place the fish pieces back in the flour mixture and sprinkle with more flour to fully coat.

Step 4: Add the fish to the air fryer

Place a sheet of parchment paper in the basket of your air fryer and generously spray it with cooking oil spray. Carefully place the coated fish into the basket. The fish pieces can be touching but not overlapping.

step by step collage for making fish and chips in the air fryer.

Step 5: Air Fry the fish

Spray the tops of the fish with cooking oil spray then air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. Flip the fish pieces over and spray again with the oil. Air fry for another 4 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

Step 6: Remove fish

Remove the fish from the air fryer to a plate and cover it with foil to keep warm. Set aside.

Step 7: Prepare the potatoes

To make the homemade fries, drain the water from the potatoes and dry them very well with a towel. Remove the parchment paper from the air fryer basket, then spray the inside of the air fryer generously with cooking oil spray. Place the fries in the basket and spray the tops with more oil.

Step 8: Air Fry the potatoes

Air fry the potatoes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 minutes. Toss, then fry again for 7 more minutes or until the fries are golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve the fish and chips with freshly minced parsley and lemon slices for garnish, along with tartar sauce and ketchup for dipping, if desired.

fried fish next to French fries and ketchup

Air Fryer Fish and Chips – Tips and Notes

  • Don’t skip the soaking step for your French fries! Soaking your potatoes in a water bath is THE best way to achieve deliciously crispy air fryer French fries. Soaking helps remove some of the starch from the potatoes which in turn makes them golden and crispy after cooking in the air fryer. Just make sure to dry them off really well before air frying.
  • Don’t crowd the basket. Make sure to leave room around your fish pieces so that they can cook evenly and get crispy. You may need to cook your fish in batches to ensure even cooking in the air fryer.
  • Preheat your air fryer. I like to preheat my air fryer for a few minutes before adding the food. This ensures that the proper temperature has been reached and that your air fryer fish and chips will cook up crispy and juicy. 
  • Storing and reheating: Any leftover fish and chips can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

fried fish next to French fries

What kind of fish works best for Fish and Chips?

Any white fish, such as cod, pollock, haddock, or halibut all make for great choices when making fish and chips.

a piece of fried fish dipped into tartar sauce

How to Reheat Fish and Chips

To reheat, you can place your prepared fish and chips in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 3-4 minutes. It will all reheat nicely and still retain its crispy texture. You can also reheat for a couple of minutes in the microwave.

fried fish next to French fries

a piece of air fried fish on a tray with fries and lemon slices

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air fried fish on a tray with fries and lemon slices.
5 from 6 ratings

Air Fryer Fish and Chips

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
This Air Fryer Fish and Chips recipe comes out crispy and delicious every time. Golden, flaky white fish is paired with homemade  fries for an easy air fryer meal that's made with with less oil than traditional frying. 

Ingredients

For the chips

  • 3 russet potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch long slices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the fish

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8-10 ounces beer
  • 1 pound cod fish, about 5 filets, the smaller the filets the better

Instructions
 

  • Soak the potatoes in a bowl of cold water for at least 30 minutes, and up to 3 hours. If soaking for longer than 30 minutes, change the water at least once during the soak time.
  • To make the fish, whisk ½ cup of the flour and all of the cornstarch together in a shallow bowl. In a separate large bowl, stir together the remaining 1 cup of flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and baking soda. Pour in the beer and stir to combine.
  • Dredge each piece of fish in the flour mixture, then submerge each in the batter, dripping off any excess batter. Place the fish pieces back in the flour mixture and sprinkle with more flour to fully coat.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper in the basket of your air fryer and generously spray it with cooking oil spray. Carefully place the coated fish into the basket. The fish pieces can be touching but not overlapping.
  • Spray the tops of the fish with cooking oil spray then air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. Flip the fish pieces over and spray again with the oil. Air fry for another 4 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
  • Remove the fish from the air fryer to a plate and cover it with foil to keep warm. Set aside.
  • To make the homemade fries, drain the water from the potatoes and dry them very well with a towel. Remove the parchment paper from the air fryer basket, then spray the inside of the air fryer generously with cooking oil spray. Place the fries in the basket and spray the tops with more oil.
  • Air fry the potatoes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 minutes. Toss, then fry again for 7 more minutes or until the fries are golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve the fish and chips with freshly minced parsley and lemon slices for garnish, along with tartar sauce and ketchup for dipping, if desired. 

Notes

  • Don't skip the soaking step for your French fries! Soaking your potatoes in a water bath is THE best way to achieve deliciously crispy air fryer French fries. Soaking helps remove some of the starch from the potatoes which in turn makes them golden and crispy after cooking in the air fryer. Just make sure to dry them off really well before air frying.
  • Don’t crowd the basket. Make sure to leave room around your fish pieces so that they can cook evenly and get crispy. You may need to cook your fish in batches to ensure even cooking in the air fryer.
  • Preheat your air fryer. I like to preheat my air fryer for a few minutes before adding the food. This ensures that the proper temperature has been reached and that your air fryer fish and chips will cook up crispy and juicy. 
  • Storing and reheating: Any leftover fish and chips can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
Cuisine: American
Course: Main
Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 867mg, Potassium: 1006mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 38IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 3mg
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