Air Fryer Crusted Mahi Mahi is a delicious, easy dish! Mahi Mahi fillets are coated in seasoned Panko breadcrumbs and air fried until crispy!
Air Fryer Crusted Mahi Mahi is a delicious, easy dish! Mahi Mahi fillets are coated in seasoned Panko breadcrumbs and air fried until crispy!

Today I want to share a recipe for air fryer crusted mahi mahi (its Hawaiian name) that we really enjoy! Boneless fillets of this firm white fish are covered with a seasoned panko breadcrumb topping, and then cooked in an air fryer until browned and crispy! The recipe could not be more simple, and if you happen to own an air fryer you’ll appreciate how easy is to prepare this crispy fish.

We love mahi mahi! It does not have a “fishy taste”, but is a mild flavored piece of fish. Frozen individually wrapped fillets can be found in the frozen food department of many grocery stores (or Costco), and whole fillets can often be found at a local fish market. The prep time for this is only about 5 minutes, then the mahi mahi cooks in the air fryer, with only a quick flip over, about halfway through the cooking. That’s it! 

Perhaps you are unfamiliar with this delicious piece of seafood. If you’re interested in learning more about this type of fish, be sure to check out the information HERE, which tells you the origins of this fish, where it is commonly found, and lots of other cool facts! Here’s how to make air fryer crusted mahi mahi.

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Prepare The Panko And Spice Topping

NOTE: Before making the topping for the fish, preheat your air fryer to 400°F. The prep for this dish only takes a few minutes, so you want the air fryer hot, in order to save time!

Combine panko breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper in a shallow bowl or dish. Stir to fully combine these ingredients. This is the panko topping that will coat and season the mahi mahi. The crispy panko breadcrumbs are what will give the fish its crunchy texture on the outside!

Panko breadcrumbs are combined with a variety of spices to coat the fish fillets.

Prepare The Fish Fillets

Use several paper towels to pat each of the mahi mahi fillets dry. Use a pastry brush to coat all sides of each piece of fish with olive oil. Please note that we only used three fillets this time instead of four, as the recipe calls for. 

Mahi Mahi fillets are dried off with paper towels then wait to be breaded.Each fish fillet is brushed on all sides with olive oil.

Add Breadcrumb Seasoning To The Mahi Mahi

Place the mahi mahi fillets (one at a time) onto the breadcrumb seasoning mixture. Press the breadcrumbs on gently, to help adhere them to the fish. Coat all sides of the fish with the seasoned panko. Place each coated fillet onto a large plate, then lightly spritz the top and bottom of each piece of fish with additional olive oil. This will help the panko breadcrumb coating to become very crisp on both sides.

The oiled Mahi Mahi fillets are coated, one at a time in seasoned panko breadcrumbs.Panko coated fish fillets are spritzed with olive oil before being put into air fryer to cook.

Cooking The Mahi Mahi Fillets

Place the breaded/sprayed mahi mahi fillets (in a single layer) in the basket of the air fryer. Cook at 400°F. for 6-7 minutes, then gently turn the fish fillets over to the other side. They should be nicely browned on the surface.

Continue cooking for an additional 6-8 minutes until cooked through. The panko crust on the fish should be nicely browned and crispy, as well. Be careful to not overcook the fish. Because mahi mahi is a very lean fish, if overcooked, it runs the risk of being dry, and we don’t want that, do we?

Three crusted mahi mahi fillets are placed in the air fryer basket to be cooked.Halfway through the air frying time, the fillets are flipped to cook the other side.

Serve The Air Fryer Crusted Mahi Mahi

Transfer the air fryer crusted mahi mahi to individual serving plates. Garnish each piece of fish with a lemon wedge or two (for squeezing) and fresh parsley for additional color and flavor. We also love to add peach/mango salsa (which we get at Costco), and lightly spoon it over the top of each piece. That is optional, but oh so good!

The air fryer crusted mahi mahi pairs well with a great variety of side dishes. When I made the dish this time, I served it with Pineapple Topped Sweet Potato Puff. That was a unique pairing, but they actually ended up complimenting each other very well!

An Air fryer crusted mahi mahi filet is served with a lemon wedge on the side.This piece of air fryer crusted mahi mahi is served with fruit salsa on top and lemon on the side.

I hope you have the chance to try this delicious seafood recipe, and trust you’ll enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by, and I invite you to come back again soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, may God bless you, and have a GREAT day!

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Recipe adapted from Samantha at: everydayfamilycooking.com/air-fryer-mahi-mahi

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Air Fryer Crusted Mahi Mahi
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

Air Fryer Crusted Mahi Mahi is a delicious, easy dish! Mahi Mahi fillets are coated in seasoned Panko breadcrumbs and air fried until crispy!

Category: Entree-Seafood, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer crusted mahi mahi
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 285 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • pounds Mahi Mahi fillets (4 fillets)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + additional for spritzing
  • cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
OPTIONAL: Lemon wedges, fresh parsley sprigs, and/or salsa, to serve
    Instructions
    1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.

    2. Combine panko breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in shallow bowl or dish. Stir to combine.

    3. Pat mahi mahi fillets dry with paper towels. Use a pastry brush to coat all sides of each fillet with olive oil.

    4. Lay fillets (one at a time) on breadcrumbs. Press breadcrumbs onto fish to adhere and coat each with breadcrumbs on all sides. Place each coated fillet onto a large plate; lightly spritz top and bottom sides of each fillet with additional olive oil. This helps panko breadcrumb coating to become very crisp.

    5. Place fish in a single layer in air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F. for 6-7 minutes, then gently turn fish over to the other side. Continue cooking for 6-8 minutes. Fish should be fully cooked; breadcrumb crust should be crisp and browned when done. Be careful to not overcook the fish (or it can become dry).

    6. Transfer mahi mahi to individual serving plates. Garnish each piece with lemon wedges (for squeezing) and fresh parsley., if desired. Also can spoon salsa over the top of each piece, for additional flavor (optional). Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts
    Air Fryer Crusted Mahi Mahi
    Amount Per Serving (1 fillet (1/4 of total))
    Calories 285 Calories from Fat 81
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 9g14%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 6g
    Cholesterol 124mg41%
    Sodium 579mg25%
    Potassium 766mg22%
    Carbohydrates 14g5%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 34g68%
    Vitamin A 554IU11%
    Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
    Calcium 64mg6%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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