These Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets are the air fryer fish recipe that you are looking for! Who got a new Air Fryer this year or last?  If so, I am sure that you are looking for delicious new recipes for it, and these Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets are the best! This recipe was given to me by a family friend that swears that these are the BEST air fryer fish fillets ever. And yes, she uses dry ranch dressing in them, which I think is brilliant!

Air Fryer Fish
Air Fryer Fish

How to Make Fish in Your Air Fryer

Look, you won’t use much of the Ranch dressing in this at all, do don’t fuss about using a pre-packaged ingredient. By the time you swirl the fish fillets around in the mixture you will basically get a small dusting of the flavour – and that’s all you need!

Like I said, she’s one smart cookie. I never would have thought of using Ranch dressing on fish, most likely because only 25% of my household eats fish.

Me. That’s it.

Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets

Like all air fryer recipes, you are going to have to cook these to your liking and adjust the time for the thickness of your fish fillets. Fish is done when it flakes easily when pulled apart with a fork. It also depends on the type of Air Fryer you have, how large or small the basket it, there are a lot of variables when it comes to cooking with an Air Fryer.

This is a great basic recipe for Air Fryer fish fillets and you can tweak it from here. If you don’t like Ranch, then simply omit it and add in a dash of your favourite spice mix. The basics are here for you!

Happy cooking! And a big thanks to “J” for sharing her awesome air fryer fish fillet recipe!



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Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets

5 from 7 votes
Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins

How to make amazing fried fish in your air fryer at home using crispy Panko and zesty ranch dressing!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer fish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 315 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs or Panko or crushed cornflakes
  • 1 30g packet dry ranch-style dressing mix
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 4 tilapia salmon or other fish fillets
  • lemon wedges to garnish
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 180 degrees C.
  2. Mix the panko/breadcrumbs and the ranch dressing mix together. Add in the oil and keep stirring until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly.
  3.  Dip the fish fillets into the egg, letting the excess drip off.
  4. Dip the fish fillets into the crumb mixture, making sure to coat them evenly and thoroughly.
  5. Place into your air fryer carefully.
  6. Cook for 12-13 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  7. Remove and serve. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the fish if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 220mg 9%
Potassium 565mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Calcium 5%
Iron 10.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. For the actual picture in the recipe, can you please tell me if you used bread crumbs, panko or cornflakes? Looks so good, i want to replicate the texture…

  2. Great recipe! I made this tonight with Bang Bang Sauce. That’s 350 F, for the rest of us who are wondering. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  3. I made this with perch and skipped the oil in the bread crumbs. 10 minutes in the air fryer and it was so delicious. I can’t wait to make it again! It was also the first time I cooked fish.

  4. All I can say is Wow! This was the first recipe I tried in my new Elite air fryer and I made it with Mahi Mahi. It was delicious!!! We’ll be eating more air fried fish in the future.

  5. Hi! I was excited to try this recipe in my air fryer but it’s just not browning! What should I be doing different?

  6. Mikefleury Reply

    Did not have any ranch mix so I used country herd and it was delicious will be making this again thanks for the recipe

      • It has only been 5 years or so that I developed a liking for some fish. I made this with Fresh Icelandic Cod from Trader Joe’s and have to say is one of the best meals I’ve ever made or had. This is going on a weekly, maybe even biweekly rotation until I get tired of it…if that happens. Thanks for this awesome recipe as now that I’m liking fish, I’m trying to eat more of it! This recipe makes that easy to achieve!!

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