Air-fried flounder Fish is amazing. It has a great and light coating, and the Cajun spice blend really brings a lot of flavor out of this fish. It is air-fried to perfection.

Air Fryer Flounder Fish
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Today, I made a healthy and absolutely delicious Southern Fried Flounder Fish. If you love fish filets with a crunchy coating, this is amazing! Better yet, it is so simple to prepare in the air fryer. Whether you are looking for a recipe for Air Fryer Breaded Flounder or Air Fryer Flounder Recipes No Breading, we have you covered in today’s recipe.

If you love fish filets with a crunchy coating, this is amazing! Better yet, it is so simple to prepare in the air fryer. Everyone loves a great and easy fish recipe with lots of flavor and a crispy exterior.


Air Fryer Flounder Fish

What Is Flounder?

Flounder is a type of flatfish belonging to the family Pleuronectidae. It is characterized by its distinctive flattened body and both eyes on one side of its head, which typically lies on the ocean floor. Flounder species are found in various parts of the world, inhabiting shallow coastal waters and estuaries. They are popular in seafood cuisine due to their delicate flavor and flaky texture. Flounder can be prepared in various ways, including baking, grilling, frying, or steaming, and is often served with sauces or seasonings to enhance its taste.

If you love fish filets with a crunchy coating, this is amazing! Better yet, it is so simple to prepare in the air fryer. Everyone loves a great and easy fish recipe with lots of flavor and a crispy exterior.

​Can You Cook Flounder In Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook flounder in an air fryer! Air frying is a convenient and healthy way to prepare flounder, as it requires little to no oil and results in a crispy exterior while keeping the fish tender and moist on the inside. Here’s a simple recipe to cook flounder in an air fryer:

If you love air-fried seafood, try some of my favorites, such as crispy air fryer fish sandwiches, air fryer fish tacos, air fryer soft-shell crabs, they all make for an easy weeknight meal. 

Why You Will Love This Air Fryer Flounder Recipe!

  • Versatile Fish Selection: Whether you choose breaded flounder, air fryer flounder no breading, flounder fish in the air fryer is amazing!
  • Crispy Yet Healthy Cooking Method: By air-frying the fish instead of deep-frying, you achieve a wonderfully crispy exterior while keeping the dish lighter and healthier. This method is perfect for those seeking a guilt-free indulgence.
  • Flavorful Seasonings: The combination of garlic powder, onion powder, smoky paprika, red pepper, and black pepper infuses the flounder with savory, smoky, and slightly spicy flavors that elevate every bite.
  • Easy Preparation: This recipe uses simple ingredients and straightforward steps, making air-fried flounder accessible to cooks of all skill levels. With minimal effort, you can enjoy a delicious seafood dish.
  • Quick Cooking Time: In just 8-10 minutes in the air fryer, your flounder fillets are transformed into golden-brown perfection, making this recipe a convenient option for busy weeknight dinners or last-minute meals.
  • Customizable: Adjust the seasoning blend or experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your preferences. This lets you personalize the dish and create a flavor profile that delights your palate.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Flounder

This simple ingredient will make the delicate flavors of the flounder fillets shine through. 

Air Fryer Flounder Fish

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

  • Flounder Fillets: Known for their mild flavor and tender texture, they are ideal for air frying and easily complemented by various seasonings.
  • Buttermilk or Olive Oil: Use buttermilk for a tangy, tenderizing marinade or olive oil to coat the fish before dredging. Both add moisture and enhance the crispiness of the air fryer.
  • All-Purpose Flour: When combined with other ingredients, this flour provides a light and crispy coating for the fish, ensuring a golden and crunchy exterior after air frying.
  • Cornstarch: Adds extra crispiness to the fish coating, creating a delicate and crunchy texture that contrasts with the tender flesh inside.
  • Spices (Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Smoky Paprika, Red Pepper, and Black Pepper): Create a flavorful seasoning blend with garlic powder, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, onion powder, and smoky paprika for depth of flavor, and red and black pepper for a hint of heat and added complexity.
  • Cooking Spray: Lightly coat the air fryer basket or fish fillets with cooking spray to prevent sticking and promote even browning during the air frying. This will result in perfectly cooked, golden-brown fish.

How To Cook Flounder In Air Fryer 

Cooking flounder in an air fryer is a quick and easy process. Here’s a simple guide to cooking flounder in an air fryer

Air Fryer Flounder Fish

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F (200°C) for 3-5 minutes. Pat the flounder fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture

Air Fryer Flounder Fish

Lightly brush both sides of the flounder fillets with olive oil or spray them with cooking spray. This helps to promote browning and prevent sticking. Season the flounder fillets with salt and pepper to taste or any other desired seasonings.

Air Fryer Flounder Fish

Place the seasoned flounder fillets in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not overcrowded. If necessary, cook the fillets in batches.

Air fry the flounder fillets at 400 degrees F (200°C) for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets and your air fryer model.

Please remove it from the air fryer once the flounder is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Serve the cooked flounder immediately with lemon wedges for squeezing over the top and your favorite dipping sauce, such as tartar sauce, fresh lemon wedges, fresh lemon juice, hot sauce, or remoulade, on the side.

Enjoy your deliciously crispy air-fried flounder as a main dish or as part of a seafood platter!

Air Fryer Flounder Fish

How To Make This In An Air Fryer Oven

If you want to prepare this but cook it in an air fryer oven, that is simple. Just preheat your oven to 475 degrees F.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, then place your prepared fish fillets on top of the baking sheet. Set cook time for 10-15 minutes. Remove when the internal temperature of the flounder fish reaches 

Pro Tips

  • Coat your fish with cooking spray. Otherwise, you will get a lot of white spots or dark brown patches. You want the entire coating to be sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Do not crowd the basket. Otherwise, your fish will not crisp up correctly.
  • Thawed fish works the best. Although you can quickly air fry up frozen fish, it is tough to batter frozen fish. So, try to use thawed fish.
  • Dry the fish well with paper towels so the coating sticks.

How To Store Leftover Air Fryer Flounder Fish

If you have any leftover fish, let it cool to room temperature and then place the leftover flounder into an airtight container. Place the container in the refrigerator; it will last about 2-3 days.

How To Cook Frozen Flounder In Air Fryer

Place the frozen flounder filets into the air fryer basket, set the temperature to 400 degrees F, and set the cooking time for 12-15 minutes. 

How To Reheat Flounder Fish In Air Fryer

If you have leftovers that you would like to reheat, you can either microwave them or return them to the air fryer. Place your leftover flounder fish in the air fryer basket, spray it with cooking spray, and reheat at 350 degrees F, air fryer setting for 4-6 minutes, flipping halfway.

Air Fryer Flounder Fish

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Air Fryer Flounder Fish

Air Fryer Flounder Fish

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


Air-fried flounder Fish is amazing. It has a great and light coating, and the Cajun spice blend really brings a lot of flavor out of this fish. It is air-fried to perfection


  • 2 Flounder filets, or white fish fillets
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil , or buttermilk
  • 11/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch, and spices. Mix well. This will be your flour coating.
  • Dry the flounder filets off with a paper towel, then either soak the flounder in buttermilk or rub some olive oil over the fillets.
  • Then press the flour coating over the fillets, and press hard so that the coating adheres. Then use your oil mister and spray VERY GENEROUSLY with olive oil, avocado oil, or any other high heat oil.
  • Set the temperature to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 5 minutes, flip and spray again, and then set the timer for another 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment Paper, optional


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 539kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 58gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 367mgPotassium: 765mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 405IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 2mg

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