Blackened Fish Tacos in Air Fryer

August 11, 2019 By Aneesha |

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Mahi Mahi fillets seasoned with a homemade cajun spice blend, crisped to perfection in an air fryer, and served in fire-grilled corn tortillas with a zesty mango salsa! That’s what makes these Blackened Fish Tacos a real crowd pleaser. Read more about the recipe and the new Magic Chef® Digital XL Air Fryer below.

Two Grilled Fish Tacos garnished with fresh mango salsa

Delicious & Healthy 20-Minute Recipe

This is one of those recipes that is super LOW in effort and really BIG on taste! It takes only 20 minutes to make this tasty meal. And because it is made in the Air Fryer using minimal oil, you get the same crisp texture, without the extra calories.

In this easy and simple recipe, I season the fish fillets with cajun spices , air fry it for 9-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets and serve it with a fresh mango salsa on grilled corn tortillas.

The flavor combination of spicy blackened fish and sweet and tangy mango salsa is simply AMAZING!

Blackened fish taco garnished with cabbage and mango salsa

But before I get into details of this recipe, let me share some basics about the kitchen gadget I prepared them in – an Air Fryer.

What is an Air Fryer

An Air Fryer is countertop kitchen appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air around it, similar to a convection oven, but way quicker. The food is cooked in a cooking basket that sits inside a drip pan.

In this recipe, I have used a Magic Chef® Digital XL Air Fryer. Let’s explore more about this product.

DisclosureI received this product for review from Magic Chef, but the opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.

Magic Chef® Digital XL Air Fryer | MCAF56DB

Pros: Reasons Why I Adore this Air Fryer

  • Family Size Air Fryer – It has a large capacity and can easily fit a pound of chicken or fish, which works great for my family of 4. I can cook our protein or roast the vegetables in one single batch.
  • Healthier cooking alternative to frying. Since the air frying technology allows you to cook without any oil, it helps you cut down unnecessary calories.
  • Faster Cooking time – Most recipes don’t require any pre-heating, which cuts down the total cooking time considerably. Also, the surface area in an Air Fryer basket is much smaller than an oven, so the hot air circulates much faster, thereby reducing the cooking time.
  • Food cooks evenly thanks to the rapid air circulation technology. I tested many batches of fish and chicken and the fillets cooked evenly every single time, no matter which order they were placed in.
  • Ease of Use – The display and digital touch screen is very easy to use. The presets work great so you don’t have to remember the cook times and temperature settings for commonly cooked foods. It’s pretty easy for my teen kids to use too.
  • Easy to Clean – It comes with a nonstick, dishwasher-safe fry basket that is easy to clean. I can simply wipe out the drippings with a paper towel and wash the basket in the dishwasher. What’s not to love about that 🙂
  • Doesn’t heat up the house. The heat emitted by this Air Fryer is similar to that of a toaster, so it doesn’t heat up the house like a traditional oven.
Blackened fish tacos placed next to an Air Fryer

Cons: In General for Air Fryers

It is a big appliance and does take up counter space. Also, when cooking larger quantities of food, you’ll have to cook in multiple batches. That being said, it works perfectly for my family of 4!

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Now, coming back to the recipe!

Three grilled corn tortillas with blackened fish topped with mango salsa

Homemade Cajun Spice Blend

The first time that I tasted Blackened Fish was in New Orleans, many moons ago, and I have been a fan ever since. It’s spicy, smoky and a powerhouse of flavors. This popular Cajun blend combines the aroma and flavors of the following spices:

Spices needed to make Homemade Cajun Spice blend
Spices needed to make Homemade Cajun Spice blend

How to Make Air Fryer Blackened Fish Tacos

Prepare and Cook the Fish

1. Combine salt, paprika, oregano, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and brown sugar in a shallow mixing bowl. (pic 1 & 2)

2. Pat dry the fish fillets with paper towels. Brush or drizzle some olive oil or any clear cooking oil on the fish. This helps the spice blend stick to the fish. (pic 3 & 4)

Making a cajun spice rub and seasoning Mahi Mahi fish filets

3. Generously sprinkle the spice mix on one side of the fish fillets. Gently pat the fish so the spices stick to the fish. (pic 5 & 6)

4. Flip the fish and brush the other side with oil and sprinkle the remaining spices. Gently press the spices on to the fish. (pic 7 & 8)

Seasoning Mahi Mahi fish fillets with a Cajun Spice Blend

5. Turn on your Air Fryer. Place the fish fillets in the basket. Don’t overlap or overcrowd the pan. Close the basket.

6. Set 360° for 9-10 minutes, or simply navigate to the fish preset. Use the +/- button to adjust time. If using fillets thicker than 1 inch, increase cook time to 11 minutes. When the timer goes off, using long tongs or a fish spatula and remove the fish filets.

Air Frying the mahi mahi fish fillets

Assemble Tacos

  1. Warm up corn tortillas as per your preference. I like to fire-grill them using tongs on my stove. Alternatively, wrap them in a wet paper towel and heat them in your microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Add a fish fillet, or stack two small fillets. Top with a couple of tablespoons of Mango Salsa, or your favorite condiment and enjoy your Blackened Fish tacos!
  3. Optionally, you can add some shredded cabbage in the tacos and then top that with the fish fillets.
Two grilled fish tacos on a plate garnished with mango salsa

Mango Salsa: Perfect Condiment for Fish Tacos

I serve these Fish Tacos with a variety of condiments, and Mango Salsa always ends up being the #1 choice.

The sweet, tart and zesty flavors in the salsa contrast and balance the earthy and spicy flavors of the fish so well. It’s a match made in food heaven! Get the Mango Salsa Recipe here.

Pro-Tips for Delicious Fish Tacos

  • For best results, pat the fish dry, brush oil and then sprinkle seasoning.  This way the seasoning sticks to the fish and flavors it evenly.  It also results in a crisper texture after cooking. 
  • If using fillets thicker than 1 inch, increase cook time to 11 minutes. 
  • For a low-carb variation, substitute the corn tortillas with ice-berg lettuce cups and top it with any low-carb salsa or sauce of your choice. Avoid mango salsa as mangoes tends to be high in carbs. 

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Two Grilled Fish Tacos garnished with fresh mango salsa

Blackened Fish Tacos | Air Fryer Fish Recipe

Mahi Mahi fillets seasoned with a homemade cajun spice blend, crisped to perfection in an air fryer, and served in fire-grilled corn tortillas with a zesty mango salsa! That's what makes these Blackened Fish Tacos a real crowd pleaser.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Air Fryer Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 247kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Mahi Mahi Fillets (can use Cod, Catfish, Tilapia or Salmon)

Cajun Spice Blend (or use 2-2.5 tbsp store-bought Cajun Spice Blend)

Additional Ingredients for Tacos

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Mango Salsa
  • shredded cabbage (optional)

Instructions

Prepare the Fish

  • Combine salt, paprika, oregano, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and brown sugar in a shallow mixing bowl.
  • Pat dry the fish fillets with paper towels. Brush or drizzle some olive oil or any clear cooking oil on the fish. This helps the spice blend stick to the fish.
  • Generously sprinkle the spice mix on one side of the fish fillets. Gently pat the fish so the spices stick to the fish.
  • Flip the fish and brush the other side with oil and sprinkle the remaining spices. Gently press the spices on to the fish.
  • Turn on your Air Fryer. Place the fish fillets in the basket. Don't overlap or overcrowd the pan. Close the basket.

Air Frying Fish

  • Set 360° for 9 minutes. If using fillets thicker than 1 inch, increase cook time to 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, using long tongs or a fish spatula remove the fish filets.

Assemble Tacos

  • Warm up corn tortillas as per your preference. I like to fire-grill them using tongs on my stove. Alternatively, wrap them in a wet paper towel and heat them in your microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  • Add a fish fillet, or stack two small fillets. Top with a couple of tablespoons of mango Salsa, or your favorite condiment and enjoy your Blackened Fish tacos!
  • Optionally, you can add some shredded cabbage in the tacos and then top that with the fish fillets.

Notes

Pro-Tips for Delicious Fish Tacos:
  1. For best results, pat the fish dry, brush oil and then sprinkle seasoning.  This way the seasoning sticks to the fish and flavors it evenly.  It also results in a crisper texture after cooking. 
  2. If using fillets thicker than 1 inch, increase cook time to 11 minutes. 
  3. For a low-carb variation, substitute the corn tortillas with ice-berg lettuce cups and top it with any low-carb salsa or sauce of your choice. Avoid the mango salsa as mangoes tends to be high in carbs. 

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 677mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1580IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun, Mexican
Keyword: Air Fryer Grilled Fish, Blackened Fish Tacos
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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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