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Air Fryer Tilapia

Air fryer tilapia is a 15-minute dinner idea that requires just a few simple herbs and spices to make up the most flavorful blackened dry rub resulting in a spectacular fillet of fish without all of the deep-frying! It's a deliciously kid-friendly meal, especially when served with their favorite sides and dipping sauces!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Blackened Tilapia, Air Fryer Tilapia
Calories: 171kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 4-6 fillets tilapia
  • 3 tablespoon high heat oil

Blackened Seasoning Rub

  • 3 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


  • 1 lemon, juiced


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for about 10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, ground pepper, and ground cayenne pepper.
  • Rinse the tilapia fillets and pat dry with a paper towel. In another bowl, drizzle and coat the tilapia with oil. Then, drain the excess oil and season both sides of each fillet with the blackened seasoning (about 1 tablespoon for each fillet). Shake off any excess seasoning before placing it into the air fryer.
  • Generously spray each tilapia fillet with oil. Air fry for 7-9 minutes. The fish is done when the internal temperature is 145°F and is easily flaked by a fork at the thickest part.


Calories: 171kcal