Healthy Fish Tacos! They really can be a thing! My Baja Fish Tacos are made in an air fryer. If you crave fried fish tacos but dread all of the grease and calories, this healthy recipe is perfect for you!
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A little back story:
I have to confess that I am a traditionalist at heart and never really got on board with slow cooking. I never really made anything in my slow cooker that I loved. Well, except that Queso dip that you make with a giant block of Velvetta and Salsa.
However, the pressure cooker is a different story.
When the Instant Pot trend came on the food scene, I didn't rush out to buy one. I have had a traditional pressure cooker since the 90s. I use my pressure cooker all the time to make recipes like my super quick weeknight bolognese. There really is no other way to get that much flavor into a dish so quickly.
So when the Instant Pot came out, I was interested. At first, I wasn't sure it was worth having another kitchen tool. I already had the traditional version of a pressure cooker.
To test it out, I borrowed my friends to test it out. I fell in love with it.
Traditional pressure cookers can be intimidating. They make a loud sound, and you do have to use good old fashioned kitchen instincts to make sure you get your stew or meat just right. The set it and forget it design of the Instant Pot makes pressure cooking a breeze! The fact that you can brown your meat and then deglaze that pan was what convinced me to give it a try.
Enter the Mealthy CrispLid
At my last Food bloggers conference, I was introduced to Mealthy.
Mealthy makes their own version of the digital MultiPot. While I have not tried the MultiPot, they do claim that it is superior to the Instant Pot Brand. You can check it out here and see for yourself!
I was asked to test a few recipes with their new CrispLid. I was super excited to get started on recipe testing. These Healthy Battered Fish Tacos were the first on my list
How Does an Air Fryer Work?
An air fryer uses convection to cook food.
Convection oven cooking uses a high powered fan to circulate hot air around the food as it is cooking. This hot circulating air helps to keep the food at a consistent temperature so that it cooks evenly.
Air frying is the perfect technique for creating crispy breaded things that you would typically deep fry with a minimal amount of oil. If you are trying to eat healthier but miss some of your favorite foods like breaded fish tacos, air fryer recipes can be the perfect solution.
Check out the CrispLid Here! This lid is an add on tool that turns your current multi-pot into a convection oven.
If you know me at all, you know that tacos are life in my world.
I have been known to make any meal into something that I can eat on a tortilla. I am proud of this skill. Everything is better when wrapped in a warm tortilla especially if it involves crispy spicy battered fish.
Ingredients to make fish tacos:
- Fish - Cod or halibut, about one pound
- Masa - found in the ethnic section
- Spices - Oregano, paprika, cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder. Get my taco seasoning recipe here and always have a big batch on hand.
- Oil - in a pressurized sprayer. Perfect for keeping things on the lighter side.
- Corn tortillas - My favorite brand is Mi Rancho. But you can use whatever your favorite tortillas are.
For the sides:
- Cabbage slaw for fish tacos: cabbage, cilantro, limes, and a little salt and pepper.
- White sauce for fish tacos: creme fraiche, mayonnaise, lime juice, and a little salt. (If you can't find creme fraiche, sour cream is an excellent substitute.)
- Cholula Hot Sauce: This is just my recommendation. I grew up with Cholula, and it's one of my favorite hot sauces.
Making Fish Tacos in an air fryer is a dream come true.
I was surprised at how perfectly crisp and delicious these battered fish tacos were. Using only a trace amount of oil makes these fish tacos easy on the waistline.
How to make air-fried fish tacos
- Mix the masa flour and spices together in a shallow dish.
- Add the eggs and a few dashes of hot sauce to a separate shallow dish. Whisk to combine.
- Cut fish into sized taco sized pieces. Approximately 3 to 4 inches long and 1 to 2 finger widths.
- Season the fish with a little bit of salt and pepper and a little bit of taco seasoning.
- Working in batches, dunk the fish into the egg wash and then into the masa flour mixture.
- Set out on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Set up your instant pot, insert the stand and basket into the body of the Instant Pot.
- Place 5 or 6 pieces of battered fish into the basket.
- Then affix the Crisplid. (Note: if you don't yet have a CrispLid, many toaster ovens have an air fryer setting. You can make these air fryer fish tacos with a toaster oven as well.)
- Set the time and temperature of the CrispLid to high and the time for 7 minutes.
PRO-TIP: If there was one disadvantage to the CrispLid, it was that you can only cook a small amount of food at a time. For my family of four, I made 3 batches of the fish. The fish cooks really quickly, so it wasn't a huge issue. If you are cooking for just one of two people, then it's no problem at all.
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Air Fryer Baja Fish Tacos
- 2 lbs Cod or Halibut
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Hot Sauce I like Cholula Brand
- ¼ cup Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream
- ¼ cup Mayonnaise
- Lime juice
- 1 Avocado
- 4 Cholula Hot Sauce
Batter the Fish
- Cut the fish into taco sized pieces
- Pat the fish dry and season with salt and pepper.
- Mix the masa flour with a few teaspoons of taco seasoning in a shallow dish. (Get the Foodology Geek recipe in the notes.)
- Add the eggs to a second shallow dish, whisk, and add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.
- Prepare a baking sheet. Line with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- Working in batches, dunch each piece of fish into the egg wash and then into the masa flour mixture.
- Set the battered pieces of fish on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
Air fryer Instructions
- Set up the Instant Pot with the stand, and the basket.
- Add the battered fish to the air fryer basket. Affix the lid and set the air fryer to cook for 7 minutes.
- Make sure to leave sufficient space between the pieces of fish so that the air can circulate and evenly crisp each piece.
- Remove each batch and set aside.
- Simply mix the cream fraiche and mayonnaise together.
- Add enough lime juice to thin to desired consistency.
- Add a few pinches of salt and whisk.
- Finely shred the cabbage and add it to a medium-sized bowl.
- Add the minced cilantro and the lime juice.
- Add a little bit of salt and pepper and then toss.