Air Fryer Frozen Cod

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Air fryer frozen cod is the easiest fish recipe you'll ever make. Frozen cod is cooked to firm, flaky perfection every time, thanks to the air fryer, and seasoned simply with salt and pepper. It's easy, delicious, easy. Yes, I said easy twice.

Closeup shot of plate with two golden cod fillet halves stacked atop one another.

Cod is a delicious, healthy fish, and when it's cooked the right way, there's nothing better. I love buying frozen cod for later use and then cooking it in the air fryer because I can cook it from frozen, and it always comes out perfectly.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Quick and Easy: This fish cooks up in just a few minutes, and there's no need to defrost.
  • Limited Ingredients: This recipe only requires 3 ingredients.
  • Versatile: This simple fish recipe pairs well with a variety of sides.
  • Healthy: Cod is a healthy fish, and this recipe uses no breading or frying.

Top Tip

There's no need to defrost this fish. In fact, you shouldn't defrost it. This recipe is designed with frozen fish in mind.

Closeup shot of plateful of air fryer frozen cod.


This recipe only takes 3 ingredients to make, and 2 of them are salt and pepper! It's easiest ingredient list you'll ever shop for.

The ingredients are listed right here, but you can find their exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Cod fillets - frozen
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Overhead shot of frozen cod fillets, salt, pepper, and lemon slices on plate.


This recipe only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy recipe that even beginners can make, and it's perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

The recipe highlights are listed here, but you can find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Place the frozen cod fillets in a greased air fryer and season with salt and pepper.

Overhead shot of froze cod fillets in air fryer basket.

2: Cook the cod until it flakes with a fork.

Overhead shot of air fried cod in air fryer basket

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use any white fish: Any white fish will work with this air frying method.
  • Spicy: Add some red pepper flakes or cayenne for a spicy kick.
  • Spices: Use your favorite spices to suit your tastes.


  • Measuring spoons
  • Air fryer
Closeup shot of two cod fillets on plate


Store any leftover cod in the refrigerator as soon as it's cooled. To reheat the cod, bake it covered at 350 until heated through.

How long does air fryer frozen cod last in the fridge?

This cod can be stored for up to three days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Can I freeze this air fryer frozen cod?

You can freeze these fillets for up to a month in an air-tight, freezer-safe container. Defrost them in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Frozen Cod

This easy air fryer frozen cod recipe is a simple one, so it pairs well with a wide variety of sides from potatoes to vegetables. Try it with:

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Your favorite steamed, sauteed, or roasted vegetables.

Tips for Making the Best Air Fryer Frozen Cod

  • Be sure to grease your air fryer basket to prevent sticking.
  • Preheat the air fryer for even cooking and correct cooking times.
  • DO NOT defrost the cod before air frying it.
Two halves of air fryer cod on plate.


What does cod taste like?

Cod has a mild, sweet, delicate flavor and a firm, meaty, and flaky texture.

What can I use in place of cod?

White fish like haddock, pollock, tilapia, bass, and catfish are all excellent cod substitutes.

How do you know when cod is done?

Cod is done when the flesh turns white and it easily flakes with a fork.

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Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Frozen Cod

Air Fryer Frozen Cod

Air fryer frozen cod is a super easy method of cooking cod from frozen to flaky and perfectly cooked each and every time.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 large cod filets, frozen
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  1. Place frozen cod filets in your greased air fryer basket.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over top of both filets.
  3. Air fry at 350ºF for 12-15 minutes or until fish can be flaked apart with a fork.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 190Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 99mgSodium 1303mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 41g

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