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Can you cook frozen cod in air fryer? Yes! You don’t need to defrost frozen cod when you make this air fryer cod fish (no breading). If you’re looking for a light and low calorie air fryer recipe, this air fryer frozen cod is for you. You’ll love how easy it is to make this flaky fish for a tasty seafood dinner. 

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This is now my go-to recipe for cooking frozen cod.

– Rochelle 5 stars

Looking for a low effort AND healthy dinner? Look no further! This frozen cod air fryer recipe is just what you need. 

Cod is a white fish with a much milder flavor than oily fishes like salmon and sardines. That means it may be more readily accepted by the picky eaters in your family. 

Though cod has less omega-3 fats than oily fish, it still counts towards your seafood intake. And that’s a very good thing, considering most of us in the U.S. are not meeting recommendations for fish. 

This cod dinner is also great for novice cooks. If your fish breaks apart in the air fryer, no one will know. I’m providing a delicious salsa for fish recipe that will hide the evidence. 

cod fillet

Frozen cod fillets in the air fryer have become a regular part of my dinner menu rotation. I hope this recipe becomes an everyday meal in your family as well! 

 Frozen Cod in Air Fryer 

To air fry frozen cod fillets, put these ingredients on your shopping list: 

  • 2 frozen cod fillets (4-5 ounces or 113-142 grams each) 
  • Cooking spray (olive oil) 
  • ¼-½ teaspoon cod seasoning (optional; Old Bay, salt and pepper, or your favorite) 
frozen cod air fryer ingredients

Get a printable recipe card below! 

My most important tip for recipe success is to use cod fillets that are ½-inch (1.27 cm) thick. Ideally, the fillets should be uniformly thick, with no extra thick middles and thin edges. This is the best way to ensure even cooking. 

If you use pieces of fish that are too thick (1-inch/2.54 cm or so), they will dry out before reaching a safe temperature. So don’t use thick cuts of fish here! Cod loins are typically cut from the fattest middle section of the fillet and may be too thick for this recipe. 

It’s easiest to use cod fillet pieces that have been individually packaged. That way there will be no issues with them sticking together frozen. (If they are frozen together, we’re going to use the air fryer to help defrost them before cooking through.) 

If you have fresh cod that you’re not planning to cook for a day or two, freeze it and use it in this recipe. Freeze the fish in a single non-touching layer so that the pieces don’t stick together. 

You can also make frozen cod bites in the air fryer instead of fillets. Keep in mind that air frying times will be shorter with smaller pieces of fish. 

You can make frozen cod in the air fryer with a Ninja Foodi, Philips, Cosori, Instant Vortex, Cuisinart, Pampered Chef Air Fryer, Actifry, Nuwave, Power Air Fryer, etc. However, you may need to adjust the cooking time for air frying frozen cod depending on your air fryer. 

 How to Cook Frozen Cod in Air Fryer 

To make air fried frozen cod, follow these step-by-step directions: 

Put the frozen cod pieces in your air fryer basket or tray in a single layer. Don’t rinse the frozen fish fillets, this can leave them waterlogged. If you have an air fryer oven, put the tray in the top rack position. 

If some of the pieces are stuck together at the edges, that is OK. Air fry for 4 minutes at 350F (175C). This first step in the air fryer will thaw them out so they can be separated. 

how to make frozen cod air fryer

Next, flip the fish, mist with cooking oil spray, and sprinkle half the seasoning over the top of the fish. Fold any thin edges under so they don’t dry out. Air fry for 7 minutes at 375F (190C). 

how to make frozen cod in air fryer

Flip the cod once more, mist with more cooking spray, and sprinkle with the rest of the seasoning. Air fry for 1-8 more minutes at 375F (190C), until the cod reaches the minimum safe internal temperature of 145F (63C) using a meat thermometer. (I tested this recipe in 3 air fryers, this was the air fryer timing difference I found.) Serve with the optional cod topping in the recipe card and enjoy. 

air fry frozen cod

⏲ Frozen Cod Air Fryer Cooking Time and Temperature 

How long does frozen cod take in air fryer? What temp to make frozen cod in an air fryer? Air fry frozen cod for 4 minutes at 350F (175C). Then air fry for an additional 8-15 minutes at 375F (190C), flipping halfway through cooking time. 

We air fry cod from frozen at a lower temperature than we did with air fryer frozen salmon. We need to be extra careful with our cod because it can dry out and become overcooked fast. We’re starting the fish at 350F (175C) to thaw it a little and make it easier for oil to stick.  

air fryer frozen cod

🌡️ Air Fryer Frozen Cod Leftovers

Leftover air fried cod can be stored in a covered container in the fridge for 1-2 days. However, it’s best to just cook the amount of cod you’ll eat so there are no leftovers.

You can reheat cooked cod that was refrigerated in the air fryer or on the stovetop. Try air frying the cod for 4-5 minutes at 350F (175C), just until heated. Cod can be reheated on the stovetop in a pan with a little oil.

🥗 How to Serve Air Fryer Frozen Cod 

What to serve with cod fillets? Fruit salsas are wonderful on plain codfish fillets. I’m sharing a favorite in the recipe card, but here are some other ideas for fish toppings: 

Instead of using salsa, you could go heavier on seasoning the fish. Try lemon pepper, dill, Cajun seasoning, blackened cod, Old Bay seasoning, or serve with garlic butter, parsley, and a squeeze of lemon juice. 

For cod side dishes, I like to add a starch (usually rice) and some non-starchy veggies to my meal. An Accompaniment Salad (garden salad) or Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables would be perfect. Alternatively, make fish tacos or sandwiches with these air fryer frozen fish fillets. 

cod meal


Does frozen cod need to be thawed before cooking? 

You do not need to thaw frozen cod before cooking. It is perfectly safe to cook cod from frozen as long as you follow a few food rules. First, the cod should not be in the food safety danger zone (40-140F/4.4-60C) for more than 2 hours. Second, cod should be cooked to a minimum safe internal temp of 145F (63C). 

How do you know when cod is cooked? 

Fish that is cooked properly flakes easily with a fork and is opaque instead of translucent. The most important thing, however, is that the cod has reached a safe internal temp of 145F (63C). Use a meat thermometer to check the fillets! 

How to keep cod from sticking to the air fryer basket? 

You have lots of options to keep cod from sticking to the air fryer! You can use cooking oil spray on your air fryer trays. Air fryer parchment paper and silicone liners for the air fryer are some other options. (Make sure to get the right sized liners for your fryer!) 

How do you air fry Gorton’s frozen cod fillets? 

To make frozen battered fish in air fryer (like Gorton’s), follow these instructions: frozen fish in air fryer

How to make Instant Pot frozen cod? 

Put 2 cups of water in bottom of pot. Put cod on steamer rack over water. Pressure cook on high for 5-8 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillets). Check to ensure the fish reached the safe temp of 145F (63C) when done cooking. 

👩🏻‍🍳 More Cod Recipes 

Want more ways to cook cod? Now that you’ve made frozen fish in air fryer with no breading, here are some more recipes using cod for you: 

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Frozen Cod in Air Fryer Recipe

Summer Yule
Can you cook frozen cod in air fryer? Yes! You don’t need to defrost frozen cod when you make this air fryer cod fish (no breading).
5 from 11 votes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 80 kcal


  • 8-10 ounces frozen cod 227-283 grams total; two ½-inch (1.27 cm) thick fillets
  • cooking spray
  • ¼-½ teaspoon cod seasoning (optional; Old Bay, salt and pepper, or your favorite)
  • 1 recipe cod topping (optional but HIGHLY recommended, see recipe notes)
Don’t be a stranger! 😊If you love this recipe, please come back and leave a rating. This helps readers and I’d love to hear from you. Thank you ❤️


  • Place the frozen cod pieces in a single layer on your air fryer tray or in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry the cod for 4 minutes at 350°F (175°C). (Use the top rack position if you have an air fryer oven.) Then flip the cod, mist with cooking spray, and sprinkle half the seasoning over the top of the fish. Fold any thin edges under so they don’t dry out. Air fry for 7 minutes at 375°F (190°C).
  • Flip the cod once more, mist with more cooking spray, and sprinkle with the rest of the seasoning. Air fry for 1-8 more minutes at 375°F (190°C). (I tested this recipe in 3 air fryers, this was the air fryer timing difference I found.)
  • Check the cod with a meat thermometer to ensure it reached a minimum safe internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Add cooking time if needed. Serve with the optional topping (recipe below).
  • Note: Using ½-inch (1.27 cm) thick cod pieces is very important for this recipe! Your cod may not cook properly if it is too thick.


💭 Expert Tips from Dietitian Summer Yule

This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). This cod fish is a healthy air fryer recipe that’s low calorie and packed with lean protein. It’s a great start for a high-volume and filling meal that can support a healthy weight. Adding lots of low-oil non-starchy veggies to your plate gives you a substantial portion of food for very few calories. 
It also cooks quickly, is versatile, tasty, and naturally gluten free, low carb, keto, pescatarian, and Whole 30 compliant. In short, this easy entrée has a lot of benefits, depending on what you’re looking for. 
If chopping a bunch of fruit is too much work right now, serve the cod with fruit salsa from the store. Most grocery stores have an abundance of ready-made salsas that would go well with fish. (That said, you get a lot more options for fruit combos when you make your own!) 
Finally, if you’re looking for sustainable seafood options when shopping, don’t miss the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch List. They are a great resource if you’d like to learn more about environmentally friendly seafood choices. 

🐟 Cod Topping Recipe

If you’ll be making this topping for fish, make it while the fish air fries. Keep it in the fridge until serving time. 
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • ½ medium peeled and chopped Champagne mango (about 4 ounces/113 grams)
  • 1 medium kiwi, peeled and diced
  • ¼-½ jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
Dice the strawberries, mango, and kiwi into ¼-½ inch (0.64-1.27 cm) pieces. Dice the jalapeno into 1/8-¼ inch (0.3-0.64 cm) pieces.
Stir all of the topping ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and refrigerate until serving time. Serve your delicious strawberry kiwi mango salsa over cooked cod.
Nutrition information is for one serving of the air fryer cod only. The fruit salsa fish topping adds 58 calories, 11.9 grams net carbs, and 1.4 grams protein to your meal.


nutrition info disclaimer


All recipes on this website may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician if you need help determining the dietary pattern that may be best for you.


The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be inaccurate, so please don’t sweat the numbers too much.


“To taste” means to your preferences, which may have to be visual to follow food safety rules. Please don’t eat undercooked food x


Calories: 80kcalProtein: 14gFat: 3gCalcium: 4% DVIron: 4% DV
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  1. 5 stars
    I hadn’t ever thought to serve cod with fruit, but I’m in love with the idea. It’s such a mild fish that subtly sweet, fruity flavors pair so beautifully! I made this with some cod I got in a Lummi box and it seriously hit the spot. Thanks for the great recipe.

  2. The vibrant colors hint at the explosion of flavors even the fruit really can’t contain. All the more so, Summer, as you waited for just the perfect moment, peak season and all, to highlight their excellence.

    In fact, much as I love seafood, I’d be tempted to luxuriate merely in your intensely refreshing medley, providing as it does a ticket from the swelter. As you know, we in the Northeast have endured a string of sib-par summers of late, but not this year.

    No, not this year. Bring on your magical concoction!

    1. Ah, so glad you liked it! I was considering entering this one in a salsa contest in the fall. I think the main thing standing in my way is that I may not be able to get the perfectly ripe strawberries by then.

      I remember that the judge tastes the salsas alone, without any chips or other accoutrements/accompaniments. If this is the one I end up entering, I hope that they decide it works by itself as well!

      1. Good luck, Summer! If those judges are half as impressed as I am, you’re bringing home a trophy for sure.

        As you mention, though, the key ingredient is a puzzle. Sure, strawberries are available in autumn, but they insult both the berry and the taster. Try growing your own? Majorly cool, but even “everbearings” have dropped out by early August.

        C’mon, Summer, we’re two foodies! Between the two of us, we should be able to find a solution. Seriously, we need to be Americans, not American’ts!

        1. American’ts, eh? Hahaha I happen to have Alpine strawberries growing on a large portion of our property in place of the lawn. I don’t tend to them and it appears the weather this year was too dry for them to thrive on their own. Even if they did well, you’re right, they’d be ready far before I needed them. Oh well.

          What I could do is try taking some of those out-of-season berries and cutting away much of the white core. It would be a trick to the eyes- the berries would look more like the fully red in-season ones. I have a feeling they wouldn’t quite measure up taste-wise. Still, if I really want to use the recipe for the autumn contest, it might have to do!

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