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Rock Fish Air Fryer Recipe

a perfect plate of air fryer rock fish

Rock Fish Air Fryer Recipe


Rock fish is a versatile and flavorful white fish that is perfect for various cooking methods. Using an air fryer to cook rock fish ensures a crispy exterior while keeping the interior tender and flaky. This Rock Fish Air Fryer recipe is quick, easy, and healthy, making it an excellent choice for a weeknight dinner or a special meal. With a simple seasoning blend, this recipe highlights the natural flavor of the rock fish and is sure to become a favorite.


  • 4 rock fish fillets (6-8 ounces each)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • Lemon wedges (for serving)

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)



Prepare the Rock Fish Fillets:

  • Pat the rock fish fillets dry with paper towels. This helps the seasoning adhere better and ensures a crispy exterior.

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

Season the Rock Fish:

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

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

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


Preheat the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Preheating helps ensure even cooking from the start.

Air Fry the Rock Fish:

  • Arrange the seasoned rock fish fillets in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Avoid overcrowding to ensure even cooking and crispiness.

  • Air fry at 400°F (200°C) for 10-12 minutes, turning the fillets halfway through the cooking time. This ensures they cook evenly on all sides.

  • Check for doneness by ensuring the internal temperature of the rock fish reaches 145°F (63°C) and the fish flakes easily with a fork.


Serve the Rock Fish:

  • Transfer the cooked rock fish fillets to a serving platter.

  • Serve hot, garnished with freshly chopped parsley and lemon wedges for a burst of freshness.

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

Tips and Variations

  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with different seasonings such as lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, or Italian herbs for varied flavors.

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

  • Spice Level: Adjust the black pepper to your desired spice level, or add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a bit of heat.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve these rock fish fillets with a light sauce such as a lemon butter sauce, a garlic aioli, or a dill yogurt sauce for added flavor.

  • 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 Rock Fish Air Fryer recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy the delicate flavor and firm texture of rock fish 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 occasion, these air-fried rock fish fillets are sure to impress.

Enjoy the convenience and deliciousness of air-fried rock fish with this easy recipe. Crispy, tender, and full of flavor, they're a delightful addition to any meal!



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