Crunchy 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish (Air Fryed)

Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish Recipe

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There’s nothing quite like a quick and delicious meal that requires minimal ingredients but packs a flavorful punch. One of my favorite go-to recipes when I’m in need of a tasty dinner with minimal fuss is the Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish. This dish is a lifesaver, especially on those busy weeknights when time is of the essence. I remember the first time I tried this recipe—it was a Friday evening, and my family had been out all day enjoying a local farmers’ market. We came home with fresh catfish fillets, and I wanted to prepare something easy yet satisfying.

The magic of this recipe lies in its simplicity. With just three main ingredients—catfish fillets, Louisiana Fish Fry Coating, and a touch of olive oil—you can whip up a mouthwatering meal that feels like it took much more effort. The Louisiana Fish Fry Coating adds that perfect Southern crunch, making the fish crispy on the outside while keeping it tender and juicy on the inside. It’s a trick my grandmother used, and it always brings back fond memories of her kitchen.

The air fryer truly shines in this recipe, providing a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods without sacrificing any of the taste or texture. Plus, cleanup is a breeze! I often garnish the finished fillets with a sprinkle of chopped parsley, adding a fresh pop of color and a hint of herbaceousness, though it’s entirely optional.

Whether you’re a busy parent, a college student, or just someone who appreciates a good meal without a long ingredient list or complicated steps, this Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish is a must-try. It’s quick, delicious, and sure to become a staple in your meal rotation.

Making Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana Fish Fry Coating

Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish (2)

Directions

Pat the catfish fillets dry.

Coat both sides of each fillet evenly with the fish fry coating, ensuring full coverage.

Spritz the top of each fillet with a bit of olive oil.

Place the fillets in the Air Fryer basket without stacking or overcrowding them. If necessary, cook in batches. Close the Air Fryer and set it to 400°F, cooking for 10 minutes.

Open the Air Fryer, flip the fillets, and cook for another 10 minutes.

Flip the fillets again and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until they are as crispy as you like.

Garnish with optional chopped parsley before serving.

Air Fryed 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish

FAQs:

Can I use a different type of fish for this recipe?

Yes, you can use other types of fish such as tilapia, cod, or haddock. However, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly based on the thickness and texture of the fish. Make sure to monitor the fish to avoid overcooking.

Do I need to preheat the air fryer before cooking the catfish?

While preheating the air fryer can ensure even cooking, it is not strictly necessary for this recipe. If you choose to preheat, set the air fryer to 400°F and let it run for about 3 minutes before placing the fillets inside.

How can I make the catfish extra crispy?

To achieve extra crispy catfish, make sure the fillets are fully coated with the fish fry mixture and spritz a bit more olive oil on them. Additionally, you can cook them a few minutes longer, flipping occasionally, until they reach your desired level of crispness.

Is it possible to make this recipe without any oil?

Yes, you can omit the olive oil if you prefer a lower-fat option. The catfish may not be as crispy, but it will still cook well in the air fryer. To compensate, you can increase the cooking time by a few minutes.

Can I prepare the catfish fillets in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the fillets in advance by coating them with the fish fry mixture and storing them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to cook, simply spritz with olive oil and place in the air fryer.

Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish Recipe

Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish

This easy Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Fried Catfish recipe uses just a few simple ingredients to deliver a crispy, flavorful meal in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana Fish Fry Coating
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley optional

Instructions
 

  • Pat the catfish fillets dry.
  • Sprinkle the fish fry coating evenly over both sides of each fillet, making sure they are fully covered.
  • Spritz a little olive oil on the top of each fillet.
  • Place the fillets in the Air Fryer basket, ensuring they are not stacked or overcrowded. If needed, cook in batches. Close the Air Fryer and cook at 400°F for 10 minutes.
  • Open the Air Fryer, flip the fillets, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Flip the fillets again and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until they reach your desired level of crispness.
  • Top with optional chopped parsley before serving.
Keyword Air Fryer, Seafood

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