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Air Fryer Yellowtail Recipe

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Air Fryer Yellowtail Recipe

Yellowtail, known for its firm texture and rich flavor, is a popular choice for many seafood lovers. Cooking yellowtail in an air fryer is a quick and healthy method that ensures a crispy exterior and tender, flaky interior. This Air Fryer Yellowtail recipe is simple to prepare and packed with delicious flavors, making it an excellent choice for a healthy and satisfying meal. With minimal ingredients and a short cooking time, you'll have a nutritious and flavorful dish ready in no time.


  • 2 yellowtail fillets (about 6-8 ounces each)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 lemon, sliced

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

  • Lemon wedges (for serving)



  1. Prepare the Yellowtail Fillets:

  • Rinse the yellowtail fillets under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

  • Place the fillets in a large bowl or on a plate.

  1. Season the Yellowtail:

  • Drizzle the olive oil over the fillets and rub to coat evenly.

  • In a small bowl, combine salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and dried thyme. Mix well.

  • Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over both sides of the yellowtail fillets, ensuring they are evenly coated.


  1. Preheat the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Preheating helps ensure even cooking from the start.

  1. Air Fry the Yellowtail:

  • Place the seasoned yellowtail fillets in the air fryer basket in a single layer. If necessary, cook in batches to avoid overcrowding.

  • Lay lemon slices on top of the fillets for added flavor.

  • Air fry at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C).


  1. Serve the Yellowtail:

  • Carefully remove the fillets from the air fryer and transfer them to a serving dish.

  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and additional lemon wedges for squeezing.

  • Pair with your favorite side dishes such as roasted vegetables, rice, or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

perfectly cooked yellowtail in an air fryer

Tips and Variations

  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with different seasonings such as lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, or a blend of fresh herbs like dill and parsley for varied flavors.

  • Marinating: For extra flavor, marinate the yellowtail fillets in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve the yellowtail with a light sauce like lemon butter, garlic aioli, or a tangy yogurt dill sauce for added flavor.

  • Vegetable Mix: Cook the yellowtail with vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, or cherry tomatoes in the air fryer for a colorful and nutritious meal.

  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F (175°C) for 3-5 minutes or until warmed through.


This Air Fryer Yellowtail recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy the rich and flavorful taste of yellowtail with a quick and easy cooking method. The air fryer ensures the fish is perfectly cooked, making it a healthy and delicious choice for any meal. Whether you're preparing a weeknight dinner or a special meal, these air-fried yellowtail fillets are sure to impress.

Enjoy the convenience and deliciousness of air-fried yellowtail with this easy recipe. Crispy, tender, and full of flavor, it's a delightful addition to any meal!



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