Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod — Do you love the flavor of fish but want to avoid the greasiness? Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod is the perfect dish for you!

Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod

This healthy alternative to deep-frying creates delicious cod that is light and crunchy with tender and flaky fish inside. It’s a great meal that packs tons of flavor without any guilt. With just 15 minutes of prep time, this easy recipe will have dinner on the table in no time – your family will be begging for seconds!

Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod is a great and easy air fryer recipe for cod. I love a great and easy seafood recipe for the air fryer. You get a light and flaky piece of fish made with a few ingredients. And it’s a relatively healthy meal since it uses so little oil.

If you are new to air frying, you can make many meals without a lot of oil, but you can still get that deep-fried taste. I love a great piece of fish, and being from Boston, I absolutely love cod and haddock. My supermarket had a sale on cod, so I picked up a few pieces and made this last night for my family. The kids loved it. It was flaky on the inside and totally crispy on the outside.

If you are looking for more fish recipes, here are some of my favorites: Homemade Air Fryer Fish Sticks and, of course, being a New England Gal, one of my favorites, Air Fryer Lobster Grilled Cheese.

The Best Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod Recipe

Today, I made a simple almond and panko-crusted cod with only a few ingredients. It makes for a great meal, and I served it over a bed of rice, which made for an easy and complete meal.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod

Are you ready to enjoy one of the most delicious, healthy dishes you can make in your air fryer? Almond Crusted Cod is a delightful meal that takes almost no time to prepare. Using simple ingredients, this Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod recipe will have everyone coming back for seconds!

With the perfect balance of crunchy almonds and lightly seasoned cod filets, this dish will surely be an instant hit. Packed with protein and essential nutrients, including zinc, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B12 – this delicious meal can become a staple in your household. Keep reading to learn all the incredible health benefits and how easy it is to make Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod. Bon appetite!

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Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below in the printable recipe card, at the bototm fo the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Cod Fillets
  • Flour
  • Panko
  • Egg
  • Ground Almonds
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Seasonings: Lemon Pepper, Garlic Pepper, Salt, Black Pepper, Parsley

How To Make Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod

How To Make Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod

Mix the eggs, lemon pepper, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a small bowl. Then, in another bowl, add the ground almond, panko, and Parmesan cheese and mix well.

Coat the cod fillets with flour, then dip the cod into the egg mixture and the almond mixture. Set the breaded cod into the air fryer basket, set the temperature to 350 degrees F, air fryer setting set cook time for 8 to 10 minutes.

How To Make Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod

Pro Tips For Cooking Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod

  • Pat Dry: Always pat the cod dry before applying any coatings. This ensures that the almond crust adheres well and gives a crispier outcome.
  • Finely Processed Almonds: For an even and crispy crust, make sure the almonds are finely ground. This provides a smoother coating and even cooking.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer: A preheated air fryer ensures the cod starts cooking immediately upon placement, sealing in the juices.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Place the cod pieces in a single layer without overlapping to allow proper air circulation and even browning.
  • Seasoning Matters: Enhance the flavor of your almond crust by adding seasonings like garlic powder, paprika, or even some grated Parmesan.
  • Check Doneness: Use a thermometer to ensure the cod reaches an internal temperature of at least 145°F (63°C). This ensures the fish is safely cooked and remains juicy.
  • Use Oil Sparingly: A light spray or brushing of oil can enhance the crispiness of the almond crust without making it too greasy.
  • Quick Serve: Almond-crusted cod is best served immediately from the air fryer to maintain its crispy texture. Pair with a light lemon wedge or a drizzle of your favorite sauce for added flavor.
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Can I use other types of fish with this recipe?

Absolutely! While cod is a popular choice due to its mild flavor and flaky texture, you can also use this almond crust for other fish like halibut, tilapia, or mahi-mahi.

How can I ensure the almond crust sticks to the fish?

Patting the fish dry, dipping it in an egg wash, and pressing the almond mixture firmly onto the fish helps the crust adhere better.

Is almond-crusted cod gluten-free?

Yes, since the crust is primarily made of almonds, it’s naturally gluten-free. However, always check other added ingredients and seasonings for any gluten-containing items.

How long does it take to cook almond-crusted cod in the air fryer?

Generally, it takes about 10-12 minutes at 400°F (204°C). The exact time might vary based on the thickness of your cod pieces and the specific air fryer model.

Can I prepare the almond crust in advance?

Yes, the almond mixture can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for up to a week. This can save you prep time on the day of cooking.

Can I use pre-made almond flour?

While freshly ground almonds give a unique texture, pre-made almond flour can also be used for convenience.

Do I need to flip the cod halfway through cooking?

While it’s not always necessary, flipping ensures even cooking and browning on both sides.

What can I serve with almond-crusted cod?

It pairs beautifully with a fresh salad, steamed veggies, or even a light citrus-based sauce or aioli.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover almond-crusted cod in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the air fryer or oven to maintain crispiness.

Can I freeze almond-crusted cod?

  • Yes, but for best results, freeze uncooked prepared fish and cook it directly from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

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Equipment Used: INSTANT VORTEX AIR FRYER 4 IN 1 

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Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings

Description

Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod-This is a great and easy air fryer recipe for cod. I love a great and easy seafood recipe for the air fryer. Made with a few ingredients, you get a light and flaky piece of fish. And it’s a relatively healthy meal since it uses so little oil.

Ingredients 

  • 2 to 4 Cod Fillets,
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Panko,
  • 2 Eggs,
  • 1 cup Ground Almonds,
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese,
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Pepper,
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt,
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper,
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley,
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix the eggs, lemon pepper, salt, black pepper, garlic pepper, and parsley.
  • Then in another bowl, add the ground almond, panko, and Parmesan cheese, mix well.
  • Coat the cod fillets with flour, then dip the cod into the egg mixture and then into the almond mixture.
  • Set the breaded cod into the air fryer basket, set the temperature to 350 degrees F, air fryer setting for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment Paper, optional

Notes

Storage Instructions for Air Fryer Almond Crusted Cod:
  1. Refrigerating Leftovers: Place any leftover almond-crusted cod in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  2. Reheating: To maintain its crispiness, reheat leftovers in the air fryer at 350°F (177°C) for about 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Avoid using the microwave, as it can make the crust soggy.
  3. Freezing Uncooked Prepared Fish: You can freeze almond-crusted cod before cooking. Arrange the prepared fish pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or container and store for up to 3 months. When ready to cook, you can cook them directly from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the air fryer cooking time.
  4. Freezing Cooked Fish: Let the cooked almond-crusted cod cool completely. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen pieces to an airtight container or freezer bag. Store for up to 1 month. To serve, reheat directly from frozen in the air fryer to maintain crispiness.
  5. Tips: For the best flavor and texture, consume the reheated almond-crusted cod immediately. Remember, frequent temperature changes can affect the quality, so it’s best to reheat only what you’ll consume.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 722kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 98gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 297mgSodium: 1930mgPotassium: 2166mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 522IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 397mgIron: 4mg

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