Air Fryer Lemon Cod

Air Fryer Cod with lemon and parsley is a delicious meal idea! This easy recipe is ready in 15 minutes, simple ingredients and affordable too. So juicy and tender!

Lemon Cod in a black air fryer basket.

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Air Fryer Lemon Cod on a tan plate.

This recipe was photographed and updated 6/2024.

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  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • salt
  • fresh parsley
  • black pepper
  • cod fillets

Sometimes the most simple recipes, end up being the most delicious! This Air Fryer Lemon Cod is one of those recipes.

This air fryer cod ends up so juicy, flaky and tender. The lemon juice and zest add so much flavor! Besides that, we keep it simple with salt, pepper and some type of fresh herb, This time we used fresh parsley, which pairs so perfectly with lemon.

It's great served with some roasted veggies, steamed veggies or a salad! It's also delicious with some pasta or rice too. 

Fish in the sir fryer turns out so amazing! Try these Air Fryer Breaded Salmon Nuggets or Air Fryer Catfish Nuggets!

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Oil being brushed onto cod fillets.

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

Recipe tips:

  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat them in the air fryer or oven until warmed through.
  • No need to flip these while cooking. So easy!
  • Cod fillets are cooked through when they are opaque white and flake easily with a fork. You can also use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of 145°F. 
  • If you use frozen cod fillets, make sure to thaw them completely before cooking. Pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture before seasoning.

Air Fryer Lemon Cod on a tan plate with a blue and white striped napkin on the side.
Yield 2 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
10 Min
Total time
15 Min

Air Fryer Lemon Cod


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cod fillets


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl and add the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, salt, parsley and black pepper. Whisk to combine.
  3. Pat dry the cod fillets with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  4. Brush the seasoned oil mixture over both sides of the cod fillets, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  5. Once preheated, place the cod fillets in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they are not overlapping.
  6. Cook the cod fillets in the air fryer at 400°F for about 8-10 minutes, or until they are golden brown and flake easily with a fork.

Nutrition Facts




8.18 g

Sat. Fat

1.19 g


0.74 g


0.14 g

Net carbs

0.61 g


0.2 g


30.35 g


1255.37 mg


73.1 mg

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a piece of Lemon Cod on a fork.

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  1. My in laws are huge swai and tilapia fans. They would love this. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

  2. WOW, that is making my mouth water! We're HUGE fish/seafood fans around here too. Definitely pinning this one. Show & Share Wednesday just went live, if you'd like to share:

    1. Thanks so much for pinning! I will try and link up this week!

  3. Thanks for sharing at FFF. I love tilapia, I use it in my fish tacos!
    Dawn a host for FFF and writer of

  4. Sheena, this is a simple, lite, and delicious, a great recipe! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Thank you for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays! I have this dish tweeted and pinned! See you next week :) Cindy from

  6. I have never been able to make tilapia taste anything but bland. I'll have to give this a try. I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  7. Looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe at Creative Thursday :)


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