If you’ve ever wondered if you can air fry halibut, the answer is a resounding yes! Cooking halibut in an air fryer is actually easier than you might think. In this recipe, we’ll be using a gluten-free, low-carb, keto breading for the halibut. And if you prefer, you can even make it a panko-crusted halibut in the air fryer. Whether you’re using fresh or frozen halibut fillets, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s dive into this air fryer halibut recipe!
Halibut Air Fryer Benefits
Why should you make halibut in an air fryer? Well, there are several benefits to this cooking method:
- No oil: With an air fryer, you can achieve crispy halibut without using excessive amounts of cooking oil. Plus, you’ll avoid the messy oil splatters that often come with deep frying.
- Low calorie: Halibut, being a lean protein, is a great choice if you’re aiming for weight loss. It helps create filling entrees without adding too many calories.
- Low carb: Halibut and other seafood are compatible with various special diets. This fish recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly.
- Crispy: Our secret ingredient for achieving a crispy halibut topping is pork panko. It not only adds crunch but also helps keep the fish moist in the air fryer.
- Fast: Air frying halibut takes only 10 minutes or less! That’s faster than preheating an oven without even cooking the food.
- Delicious: Air fryer Parmesan halibut is a tasty way to meet your recommended two servings of seafood per week. It has a mild flavor that even picky eaters can enjoy.
Air Fryer Halibut Ingredients
To make this delicious halibut in the air fryer, here’s what you’ll need:
- Halibut fillet
- Pork panko crumbs
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Dried basil leaves
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Cooking oil spray
For specific quantities, refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Make sure you choose a skinless, boneless halibut fillet that is uniformly thick. If the edges of your fish fillet are thin, they may overcook before the middle is done.
Pork panko is made from crushed pork rinds and serves as a fantastic low-carb substitute for bread crumbs. I recommend using a non-aerosol cooking spray with your air fryer to prevent damage to its basket or trays.
How to Make Halibut in the Air Fryer
Let’s get started with the process of air frying halibut:
- Mix together the pork panko, grated Parmesan cheese, dried basil leaves, and garlic powder. Set this breading mixture aside for later.
- Place the halibut fillet on an air fryer tray and mist it with cooking spray. Sprinkle some black pepper over the fish.
- If you’re using an air fryer oven, position the tray in the top rack for optimum cooking.
- Now, it’s time to cook the halibut in the air fryer to perfection.
Halibut Cooking Time and Temperature
You’re probably wondering how long to cook halibut in the air fryer and at what temperature. Follow these instructions for the best results:
- Air fry the halibut for a total of 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
- After 5 minutes of cooking, flip the halibut over, spritz it with more oil, and carefully press the panko crumbs into the top.
- Air fry the crumbed halibut for the final 3-5 minutes.
Remember to check the fish frequently towards the end of the cooking time to avoid overcooking. White fish tends to dry out easily, especially in an air fryer. For doneness, the internal temperature of the halibut should be 135-140 degrees Fahrenheit (57-60 degrees Celsius). If needed, add extra cooking time.
Allow the fish to rest for 5 minutes. During this time, the temperature will continue to rise and reach the minimum safe level.
What is the Internal Temperature for Halibut?
The minimum safe internal temperature for halibut is 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 degrees Celsius). Fully cooked halibut should be opaque and easily flake apart with a fork.
How to Reheat Halibut
This recipe is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, you can store cooked halibut in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days. Reheat it either in the air fryer or the microwave.
We don’t recommend freezing this recipe, as the panko coating will lose its crispiness upon thawing.
Halibut Side Dishes
Wondering what to serve with your halibut? When I last made this recipe, I paired it with broccoli, wild rice, and lemon wedges. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try making air fryer halibut tacos. Here are some other side dish ideas:
- Peach Pineapple Salsa (or any other fresh fruit salsa)
- Costco Cauliflower Rice
- Frozen Green Beans in the Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables
One serving of air fryer halibut contains approximately 245 calories, 0.1 grams of net carbs, and 41.3 grams of protein.
Expert Tips from a Dietitian
As a level 2 recipe suitable for transition or weight maintenance, this air fryer halibut is a wonderful way to enjoy a lean protein source. While plain white fish like halibut is lower in calories and fat compared to oily fish like salmon, it may lack the healthy omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. A six-ounce serving of plain halibut provides 160 calories and is packed with filling protein. However, if you prefer a lighter version, you can skip the breading.
Feel free to experiment with different seasonings, such as lemon pepper, Cajun spice, or Italian seasoning, to add more flavor to your halibut. Squeezing some lemon juice is another low-calorie option to enhance its taste.
Please note that cooking times may vary if you choose to make a no-breading halibut. The panko coating helps protect the fish from drying out.
FAQs and Other Air Fryer Fish Recipes
If you enjoyed these air fryer halibut ideas and want to explore more fish recipes, try these:
- Frozen Salmon in the Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Tilapia
- Breaded Fish in the Air Fryer
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For the complete recipe, including detailed instructions and ingredient quantities, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill’s official website here.