Easy Air Fryer Halibut Recipe

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This Air Fryer Halibut can be made in just 8 minutes in the air fryer for a healthy and delicious meal that needs just a small number of ingredients.

Air fryer halibut with lemon and asparagus

Air Fryer Halibut requires only a few ingredients and can be made in just a few minutes in the air fryer. Cooking halibut in an air fryer results in a crispy exterior while keeping the inside of the fish tender and flaky.

The air fryer’s high temperature and hot circulating air create a golden-brown crust on the outside of the halibut, while the fish remains flaky and moist.

You can serve this air fryer halibut with a variety of side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, rice, or a salad. It makes a great meal for lunch or dinner. It also makes for great leftovers for busy weekdays.

If you’re looking for more fish recipes to make in the air fryer, try these Air Fryer Salmon Bites and Air Fryer Tuna Steaks.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for air fryer halibut
  • Halibut Filets – Choose uniformly shaped halibut filets to ensure even cooking.
  • Olive Oil – It helps to keep the fish moist and adds a subtle richness to the dish.
  • Spanish Paprika – Adds a sweet flavor with no spice. You can opt for smoked paprika or a hot chili powder instead, if you want to add a bit of heat.
  • Garlic powder – It’s best to use garlic powder rather than fresh garlic so it doesn’t burn during cooking.
  • Salt and black pepper – Add some before cooking and then taste and adjust the seasoning as needed after cooking.

Equipment Information

Air fryer halibut with lemon and asparagus

Helpful Tips

  • You can use fresh or frozen halibut for this recipe. However, when using frozen fish, you will need to add 2-4 more minutes of cooking time to ensure the center is fully cooked.
  • Pat the halibut dry with paper towels before seasoning and air frying. This removes any excess moisture and helps the oil and seasoning stick to the fish.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the halibut. The internal temperature should reach 130 to 135°F to ensure that it is fully cooked. Going over 135° F might lead to dry or tough fish, so I don’t recommend it.
  • The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the halibut fillets. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure that the halibut is fully cooked.
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Leave some space between each piece of halibut to ensure that it cooks evenly and gets crispy.
Air fryer halibut with lemon and asparagus

Easy Air Fryer Halibut Recipe

This Air Fryer Halibut can be made in just 8 minutes in the air fryer for a healthy and delicious meal that needs just a small amount of ingredients.
5 from 62 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 192 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 halibut filets approx 6 oz each
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 g) garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.3 g) ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Pat dry the halibut and rub on the olive oil. Mix together the spices in a bowl and season the fish on both sides.
  • Carefully place the fish, not touching, in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 350° for 8 minutes, or until the internal temp is 130-135°F. Yours may need more time depending on the thickness of the fish and your air fryer. There is no need to flip the fish halfway. Moving it can cause the fish to flake, so it’s best not to touch it during cooking.

Notes

  • You can use fresh or frozen halibut for this recipe. However, when using frozen fish, you will need to add 2-4 more minutes of cooking time to ensure the center is fully cooked.
  • Pat the halibut dry with paper towels before seasoning and air frying. This removes any excess moisture and helps the oil and seasoning stick to the fish.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the halibut. The internal temperature should reach 130 to 135°F to ensure that it is fully cooked. Going over 135° F might lead to dry or tough fish, so I don’t recommend it.
  • The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the halibut fillets. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure that the halibut is fully cooked.
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Leave some space between each piece of halibut to ensure that it cooks evenly and gets crispy.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 0.4gProtein: 32gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 407mgPotassium: 748mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 153IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.3mg
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Cooking from Frozen

You might be wondering if you can cook frozen halibut in the air fryer. You can cook halibut from frozen, but it will need to be handled slightly differently. Because it’s frozen, it will be harder for the oil and seasonings to adhere to the fish, so you might need to apply additional oil and/or seasonings during or after cooking.

You will also need to add about 2-4 more minutes of cook time to ensure the center is cooked through. It is especially important to use a meat thermometer to make sure the interior is fully cooked when you’re starting from frozen.

Air fryer halibut with lemon and asparagus

Storing Options

Refrigerate: Store the leftover halibut in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to reheat, place it in the air fryer at 350°F for 5-7 minutes or until warmed through.

Freeze: If you want to store the halibut for a longer period of time, you can freeze it. Place the halibut in an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to reheat, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then follow the reheating instructions.

Meal prep: If you’re planning to meal prep the air fryer halibut for the week, you can divide it into individual portions and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply reheat in the air fryer before serving.

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