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Air Fryer Tilapia

Air Fryer Tilapia

Air Fryer Tilapia -Tilapia is a tasty, quick, and delicious seafood made right in your air fryer. This recipe is fantastic. A simple flavoring, but it is full of flavor! An Ideal weeknight supper your whole family will adore!

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer Tilapia
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 182 kcal


Pesto Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup lemon balm leaves
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 large lemon juiced
  • 1/2 ciup grapeseed oil
  • 6 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Tilapia Ingredients:

  • 4 6 ounce tilapia fillets
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Serve with lemon wedges


  1. Prepare lemon balm pesto. Roughly chop lemon balm and basil leaves and place them into a food processor. Add garlic cloves, minced shallot, parmesan, pinenuts, and lemon juice. Puree into a paste, then add grapeseed oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Puree 15 to 20 seconds more

  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for five minutes.

  3. Season tilapia with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a slice of butter on top of each filet.

  4. Spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray.

  5. Place tilapia fillets into the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes. Flip tilapia over, add a dollop of pesto on top of each filet and cook for 5 more minutes.

  6. Serve tilapia with pesto and garnish with lemon wedges.

Recipe Notes

Make sure to check the tilapia as it goes to make sure you don't overcook it!

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Tilapia
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 934mg41%
Potassium 126mg4%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 556IU11%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.