Air Fryer Andhra Fish Fry

Spicy and scrumptious Andhra style fish fry in air fryer.

Super easy, spicy and crispy Andhra style Air Fryer Fish Fry made with simple spices and Tilapia. Crispy on the outside but super moist and flaky on the inside. Any mild flavored fish can be used in this recipe.

Andhra style fish fry in a white rectangular plate with onions and cilantro garnish.

I grew up in a coastal town of Andhra Pradesh eating seafood almost everyday and I love all kinds of seafood. Fish, shrimp, crab… everything! And then, I married this guy who hates seafood. Wah-wah! The only dish he and the kids will eat is a fish fry but again, he hates the smell when the fish is fried. So, guess who was the happiest person in the world when I discovered that air fried fish does not stink up the whole place.. ME!!!! Air fryer fries up the fish super crispy without deep-frying in oil and without the fishy smell all over the place.. I love it!

Andhra style fish fry in a white rectangular plate with onions and cilantro garnish.

What fish works best for this fry?

Since we are adding ton of flavor and spice into this fish, I would suggest using a mild flavored fishes like Tilapia, trout or any fresh water fish. Both Frozen or fresh fish work with this recipe. Salmon works well too but I slice the salmon into halves horizontally, so they crisp up better.

How to make the Air Fryer Fish Fry?

  • Cut the tilapia fillets into even pieces and wash it well. I prefer to wash the seafood in salt water to get rid of the fishy smell. Its completely optional. If you are using frozen tilapia, thaw it out completely.
  • Drain all the water from fish and add salt(very little, as the fish has enough salt), Red chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric, Ginger-garlic paste, a splash of avocado oil, curry leaves and cilantro.
  • Let the fish marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  • Line the Air fryer with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Poke holes in the aluminum foil, so the air circulates easily.
  • Place the fish pieces on the foil and spray avocado oil spray on them. Make sure to leave enough space between the fish pieces, do not overcrowd them.
  • Air Fry at 400 Fahrenheit or 200 Celsius for 15-18 minutes, flip them over at 7 minute mark. Each air fryer is different, so the timings might vary depending on the size of the fish pieces. Adjust the timings as needed, until the fish is as crispy as you like.
Process to make air fryer fish fry.

How to save and heat up the Air Fryer Fish Fry?

The fish fry stays crisp at room temperature for at least a day. After a day, save in the refrigerator. If you save it in the refrigerator, Heat it up in the microwave or for 2-3 minutes in the air fryer.

What is the fish fry served with?

This fish fry tastes delicious with rice and dal or lentil curry. I like to eat with Mango pickle and a dollop of ghee on white rice.. yum!

Try these dals with this fish fry:

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Andhra Fish Fry

Tilapia Fish fry in a close shot.

Spicy and scrumptious Andhra style fish fry in air fryer.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time per batch 20 minutes
Marinating Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut the tilapia fillets into even pieces and wash it well.
  2. Drain all the water from fish and add salt, Red chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric, Ginger-garlic paste, avocado oil, curry leaves and cilantro.
  3. Let the fish marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Line the Air fryer with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Poke holes in the aluminum foil, so the air circulates easily.
  5. Place the fish pieces on the foil and spray avocado oil spray on them.
  6. Air Fry at 400° F or 200° C for 15-18 minutes, flip them over gently at 7 minute mark.

Notes

  • I prefer to wash the seafood in salt water to get rid of the fishy smell. Its completely optional.
  • If you are using frozen tilapia, thaw it out completely.
  • Each air fryer is different, so the timings might vary depending on the size of the fish pieces. Adjust the timings as needed, until the fish is as crispy as you like.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 435mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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