Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets

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

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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!

Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets in black serving plate garnish with some leafy vegetables

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.

black plate loaded with Air Fryer Fish Fillets garnish with lemon wedges and vegetables

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!



Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets

How to make amazing fried fish in your air fryer at home using crispy Panko and zesty ranch dressing!
5 from 34 votes
black plate loaded with Air Fryer Fish Fillets garnish with lemon wedges and vegetables
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Total Time
17 minutes
Main Course
4 servings
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


  • Preheat your air fryer to 350 F.
  • Mix the panko/breadcrumbs and the ranch dressing mix together. Add in the oil and keep stirring until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly.
  •  Dip the fish fillets into the egg, letting the excess drip off.
  • Dip the fish fillets into the crumb mixture, making sure to coat them evenly and thoroughly.
  • Place into your air fryer carefully.
  • Cook for 12-13 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  • Remove and serve. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the fish if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 315kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 166mg, Sodium: 220mg, Potassium: 565mg, Vitamin A: 120IU, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1.9mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Zesty Ranch Air Fryer Fish Fillets

Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. M says

    I probably would have used this recipe, but I had to click through 7 different ad walls just to get to the page, which wouldn’t load due to more ads. So it could be good, but I wouldn’t know since the ads reload and never loaded the recipe text.

  2. Glenda Verhine says

    I use this recipe almost every time I cook fish! I absolutely love it and so does my family ❤️5 stars

  3. Lynne says

    These were delicious! Fast and easy and no left overs! Thanks!5 stars

  4. Ed says

    This was great. I used frozen Haddock for the fish. It would help us Yanks a lot if you used F deg along with the C.

  5. Mary says

    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…

    • Ola says

      Thanks for the recipe, does it work with frozen fillet?

  6. Holly says

    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!5 stars

  7. Erica says

    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.5 stars

  8. Libby says

    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 stars

  9. Junie says

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

  10. Mikefleury says

    Did not have any ranch mix so I used country herd and it was delicious will be making this again thanks for the recipe5 stars

    • Karlynn says

      Thanks for letting me know! I’m so glad that it turned out awesome!

      • Heidi says

        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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