Air Fryer Catfish

Breaded catfish on top of another piece of bread a catfish on part of a pink plate.

5 from 4 reviews

This air fryer catfish is a Southern classic that is crispy, crunchy, and filled with flavor. It's a healthier alternative that tastes just as good as fried catfish! And best of all, it only takes about 20 minutes to make!



4 catfish filets

1 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

1/4 cup Breadcrumbs

2 tsp. Paprika Powder

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

1 tsp. Ground Coriander

Cooking Spray

2 Eggs

1 cup Wheat Flour

Salt and pepper


  1. Pat the catfish dry with paper towels.
  2. Season the fillets with salt and pepper and cover with wheat flour.
  3. Mix panko, breadcrumbs, paprika powder, garlic powder, dried coriander, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl.
  5. Soak each fillet in the egg and then cover both sides thoroughly with the panko mixture.
  6. Spray the air fryer basket with baking spray. Place 1-2 fillets in the air fryer basket (make sure they are lying flat). 
  7. Bake in the air fryer at 350°F (180ºC) for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.


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