Air Fryer Crispy Fish Tacos

These Asian-inspired tacos bring a serious flavour boost to your typical Taco Tuesday. Using your air fryer makes the flavourful, seasoned fish nuggets super crispy and golden in just minutes. With a few easy, fresh ingredients and a punchy mayo, they make the perfect taco filling.


  • 450 g (1 lb) Canadian whitefish fillets
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) sesame oil
  • 1 tsp (5 g) grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or pressed
  • 1½ cups (90 g) panko breadcrumbs
  • 8 small (6-inch / 15 cm or smaller) corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Taco toppings:
  • 2 cups (about 150–200 g) shredded cabbage or bagged coleslaw mix
  • ¼ cup (60 g) Sriracha mayo or other spicy mayo
  • ¼ cup (15 g) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp (6 g) toasted sesame seeds


  1. Cut fish into 2-inch (5 cm) chunks. In a bowl, sprinkle fish with salt and pepper, then toss with soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic until coated. Pour panko breadcrumbs into a shallow dish. Roll and press fish chunks in crumbs until well-coated.

  2. Arrange nuggets in basket of air fryer, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) between nuggets. Spritz with cooking spray. Cook in preheated 375°F (190°C) air fryer until golden and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork; 5 to 6 minutes per side.

  3. Fill tortillas with nuggets and toppings.

Variation: Oven-Baked Crispy Fish Tacos

Arrange coated nuggets on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; spritz with cooking spray. Bake in preheated 400°F (220°C) oven until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork; about 5 minutes per side. Fill tacos as directed.

Chef's Tips

  • These nuggets are also a fantastic family-friendly weeknight option on their own with your favourite dipping sauce.
  • Add sliced avocado and chopped green onions as additional toppings.

Species Icons White Halibut

Health Benefits of Halibut

  • Bone and Teeth Health: Halibut is a good source of vitamin D and phosphorus, both essential for the formation and maintenance of strong bones and teeth while also enhancing calcium and phosphorus absorption.
  • Energy and Growth: As an excellent source of niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, halibut may support energy metabolism, tissue formation, and normal growth and development.
  • Antioxidant Protection: Halibut is an excellent source of selenium, a dietary antioxidant that defends against oxidative stress.