Air Fryer Mahi Mahi

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This air fryer Mahi Mahi needs just a few ingredients to make and yields perfectly cooked fish every single time. I love how it cooks in just 8 minutes.

Love seafood recipes in the air fryer? Try my air fryer cod, air fryer salmon, and air fryer tilapia.

air fryer mahi mahi.

Mahi Mahi is one of my favorite fish to cook with because it’s affordable and easy to find. My air fryer mahi mahi recipe is such a winner because it turns out crispy on the outside, flaky in the middle, and, best of all, in record time!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to cook Mahi Mahi in the air fryer
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions 
  6. Frequently asked questions
  7. More air fryer recipes to try
  8. Air Fryer Mahi Mahi (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • It’s quick and easy. All you have to do is season the fish, toss it in the air fryer, and wait for it to cook. The cooking time is under 8 minutes.
  • Mild flavor. Mahi Mahi is a classic white fish does does not taste fishy at all!
  • Healthy. The benefit of air-frying Mahi Mahi is that I skip out on all the oil if I were to deep-fry or grill it.
  • Versatile. I keep the seasonings simple, but you can marinate the fish, add some parmesan, or even bread it!
air fry mahi mahi.

Ingredients needed 

  • Mahi Mahi fish fillets. Choose fillets of equal thickness. Both frozen and fresh fillets can be used. 
  • Olive oil. Or any other neutral flavored oil, like avocado oil.
  • Seasonings. I used a mix of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, kosher salt, and black pepper.

How to cook Mahi Mahi in the air fryer

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1: Prep. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and drizzle some olive oil on top.

raw mahi mahi fillets.

Step 2: Season. Mix the spices in a bowl, then rub all over the fish fillets.

seasoned raw mahi mahi fillets.

Step 3: Air fry. Grease the air fryer basket with oil and add the fish in a single layer. Air fry the Mahi Mahi for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

mahi mahi in air fryer.

What to serve with this

I typically pair air fryer mahi mahi with some roasted potatoes, greens (sauteed asparagus and air fryer frozen green beans are classics), or some form of salad.

The fish works really well for fish tacos, a replacement for salmon in salmon bowls, or in a fish sandwich.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Mahi Mahi cooks very quickly, so I recommend checking on the fish around the 7-minute mark.
  • Always grease the air fryer basket with some oil before cooking the fish, as this will prevent any part of it from sticking to it. 
  • Give the fish a panko breading by coating the Mahi Mahi with panko bread crumbs.
  • Change up the seasonings and use lemon pepper, cajun seasoning, or even a chili spice mix.

Storage instructions 

To store. Place leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To freeze. Once the fish has cooled, place the fillets in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

mahi mahi air fryer.

Frequently asked questions

Can I cook frozen Mahi Mahi?

Yes, frozen Mahi Mahi fillets can be used for this recipe. Just be sure to thaw it completely before adding the seasonings.

More air fryer recipes to try

air fryer mahi mahi recipe.

Air Fryer Mahi Mahi

5 from 43 votes
This air fryer Mahi Mahi needs just a few ingredients to make and yields perfectly cooked fish every single time. I love how they cook in just 8 minutes.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 9 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 4 Mahi Mahi fillets 4-6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F.
  • Pat dry the fish then add it to a bowl and drizzle the olive oil on top.
    raw mahi mahi fillets.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together spices, then rub all over the fish.
    seasoned raw mahi mahi fillets.
  • Grease the air fryer basket. Add a single layer of Mahi Mahi fillets to it. 
  • Air fry the fish for 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    mahi mahi in air fryer.

Notes

TO STORE. Place leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up five days.
TO FREEZE. Once the fish has cooled, place the fillets in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 32gFat: 5gSodium: 441mgPotassium: 732mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 452IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published November 2022, updated and republished April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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