These Air Fryer Fish Tacos are simple to make and so delicious. Juicy, yet crispy white fish is stuffed into tortillas then topped with a flavorful cilantro lime slaw. These are a Taco Tuesday favorite!

For more delicious Air Fryer Recipes, be sure to check out my Air Fryer Whole Chicken, Air Fryer Steak Bites, and Meatloaf in the Air Fryer.

close up of fish tacos with slaw on top.

Whenever we go out to dinner, especially somewhere new, I love to order fish tacos.

It’s one of my favorite meals and I love to try it out at different restaurants. Here where we live in Texas, we have plenty of delicious taco options and fish tacos are always my go-to.

cooked crispy fish in an air fryer basket.

On Taco nights at our house (sometimes on Tuesdays, sometimes not!) I like to switch it up from our usual Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos or Crockpot Beef Tacos with these simple and so flavorful Air Fryer Fish Tacos.

fish tacos on a white plate.

If you’ve never made fish in the air fryer before, you have to try it! The fish comes out nice and crispy, yet perfectly juicy and flaky.

We love to top our Air Fryer Fish Tacos with homemade cilantro lime slaw! It’s so good, and easy to make. I have a feeling you’re going to love these!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • white fish (like cod or tilapia)
  • limes
  • olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • coleslaw mix
  • mayonnaise
  • granulated white sugar
  • garlic powder
  • cilantro
  • green onions
  • tortillas (corn or flour)
ingredients in bowls on a counter top.

How to Make Air Fryer Fish Tacos – Step by Step

Step 1: Prepare air fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes and spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Season the fish

Add the fish to a clean work surface and drizzle the lime juice and olive oil over top. Sprinkle both sides of the the fish with the salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika, and rub it in.

Step 3: Air fry

Add the fish to the air fryer basket and cook for 7-9 minutes or until cooked through. The fish should flake easily with a fork. Remove from the air fryer and cut into large pieces.

how to make fish tacos in the air fryer step by step photos.

Step 4: Make the slaw

While the fish is cooking, make the coleslaw by whisking the mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Toss in the coleslaw mix, chopped cilantro, and green onions. Set aside.

Step 5: Assemble tacos and serve

To assemble your air fryer fish tacos, fill tortillas with the a few pieces of cooked fish, then top with as much of the slaw as you like. Enjoy!

cooked crispy fish in an air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Fish Tacos – Tips and Notes

  • 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 tacos will cook up crispy and juicy. 
  • Thinner fish will cook faster. If your fillets are thicker, they may need more time to cook in the air fryer. Your fish will flake easily with a fork when it’s completely cooked.
  • For a spicy kick, add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper when seasoning the fish.
  • Storing and reheating: Any leftover fish and cilantro lime slaw can be stored in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
a metal spoon putting fish onto a tortilla.

What kind of fish works best for Air Fryer Fish Tacos?

Any white fish, such as cod, tilapia, pollock, haddock, or halibut work great when making fish tacos.

What to Serve with Fish Tacos

We serve our fish tacos with cilantro lime slaw on top, and that recipe is below. For side dish serving ideas, we love:

fish tacos on plates next to an air fryer basket.
close up of fish tacos with slaw on top.

More Seafood Recipes You Should Try!

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment and rating below. I love to hear from you and always appreciate your feedback!

close up of fish tacos with slaw on top.
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Air Fryer Fish Tacos

Yield: 8 tacos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
These Air Fryer Fish Tacos are simple to make and so delicious. Juicy, yet crispy white fish is stuffed into tortillas then topped with a flavorful cilantro lime slaw. These are a Taco Tuesday favorite!

Ingredients

For the Fish

  • 4-5 white fish fillets, boneless and skinless, (cod or tilapia is my preference)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • corn or flour tortillas, for serving

For the Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon green onion, chopped

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes and spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add the fish to a clean work surface and drizzle the lime juice and olive oil over top. Sprinkle both sides of the the fish with the salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika, and rub it in.
  • Add the fish to the air fryer basket and cook for 7-9 minutes or until cooked through. The fish should flake easily with a fork. Remove from the air fryer and cut into large pieces.
  • While the fish is cooking, make the coleslaw by whisking the mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Toss in the coleslaw mix, chopped cilantro, and green onions. Set aside.
  • To assemble your air fryer fish tacos, fill tortillas with the a few pieces of cooked fish, then top with as much of the slaw as you like. Enjoy!

Notes

  • 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 tacos will cook up crispy and juicy. 
  • Thinner fish will cook faster. If your fillets are thicker, they may need more time to cook in the air fryer. Your fish will flake easily with a fork when it’s completely cooked.
  • For a spicy kick, add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper when seasoning the fish.
  • Storing and reheating: Any leftover fish and cilantro lime slaw can be stored in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
Course: Main Dish
Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 436mg, Potassium: 327mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 91IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg
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