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RECIPE: Air Fryer Fish Tacos

Hy-Vee's registered dietician demonstrates how to prepare air fryer tilapia tacos.

Take family taco night to the next level with this air fryer tilapia taco recipe from Hy-Vee registered dietician, Melissa Jaeger.

Hy-Vee partners with Fair Trade USA. Examples of their sustainably raised seafood include:

  • Rainforest tilapia – raised through aquaculture practices that protect ecosystems
  • Sockeye salmon from Alaska’s Bristol Bay watersheds
  • Paul Piazza wild-caught shrimp grown naturally in the inland waters of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico

Jaeger shared that there are four ways to cook tilapia: 

  • Bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Pat tilapia fillets dry and season tilapia as desired. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork and reaches 145 degrees F.
  • Grill: Brush fish with olive oil and season as desired. Place on greased grilling screen and grill over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork, turning once halfway through.
  • Pan-Fry: Pat fish dry and dip in seasoned flour mix. Fry in oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until crust is golden and fish flakes with a fork.
  • Air-Fry: Coat fillets with seasoning as desired. Air-fry at 350 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes or until fish reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, turning once halfway through.

Here's Hy-Vee's recipe for Air Fryer Tilapia Tacos:

Serves 4 (2 tacos each)

All you need:

  • 1 lb. fresh tilapia fillets
  • ¾ cup + 1/3 cup Old El Paso zesty ranch taco sauce, divided
  • 2 cups Hy-Vee plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 (1.25-oz) package Hy-Vee original taco seasoning mix
  • 5 cups Hy-Vee coleslaw mix
  • 8 Hy-Vee taco-size flour tortillas
  • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
  • Desired toppers: Grilled corn, diced avocado, chopped tomato, guacamole salsa, diced mango, red onion, jalapeno slices, chopped onion, Mexican crema, chopped cilantro, Cotija cheese

All you do:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F.
  2. Pat tilapia fillets dry; cut into 2½- x ½-inch pieces.
  3. Place ¾ cup Old El Paso zesty ranch taco sauce in a shallow bowl.
  4. Combine panko bread crumbs and taco seasoning mix in another shallow bowl.
  5. Dip fish, one piece at a time, into sauce; shake off excess. Evenly coat with bread crumb mixture, pressing to adhere.
  6. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with Hy-Vee nonstick spray.
  7. Air fry for 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly golden and fish flakes easily with a fork (145 degrees F), turning fish and spraying with additional nonstick spray halfway through.
  8. While fish is air frying, combine Hy-Vee coleslaw mix and 1/3 cup additional Old El Paso ranch taco sauce.
  9. Serve fish on taco-size flour tortillas with cabbage slaw and desired toppers.

For more recipes, visit www.hy-vee.com