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Halibut topped with citrus salsa on a gray plate.

Air Fryer Halibut with Citrus Salsa


Air fryer halibut that is fast enough to cook for a weeknight dinner but beautiful enough to wow your friends! Vibrant and flavorful citrus salsa with fresh basil adds a burst of flavor and color to your halibut.



Air Fryer Halibut

  • 1 pound fresh halibut filets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin alive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper


Citrus Basil Salsa 

  • 1 cup cara cara or navel oranges, segmented
  • 1 cup blood orange, segmented
  • 1/3 cup ruby grapefruit, segmented
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon julienned fresh basil



Air Fryer Halibut

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees, or conventional oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut your halibut into 3 or 4 equally sized filets. Skin on is ok.
  3. Brush your filets with olive oil. Mix together all the spices in a small bowl to combine and then sprinkle liberally over the halibut.
  4. Add fish filets to your air fryer basket and bake for 6-8 minutes. You'll know the fish is done because when you flake it with a fork, it's uniformly white and opaque and no longer pinkish and translucent. Or use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature is 130-135 degrees F. Cook time depends on the thickness of your halibut filets.

Citrus Basil Salsa

  1. Segment the citrus by cutting a sliver off the top and bottom of the citrus. Place the flat side down on a cutting board and run your knife down between the skin and fruit to remove the skin. Using a paring knife, cut between the membranes until you reach the middle of the orange, but not cutting all the way through. Slide a paring knife between the membrane and segment, then pop the segment out.
  2. In a mixing bowl, gently combine your citrus segments with the minced shallot, garlic, jalapeno, olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add in the fresh basil just before serving.


  • Other white fish you can use in this recipe include cod, lingcod, tilapia and hake.
  • If you only have frozen halibut, you can place your frozen filets directly into the air fryer at 390 but it will take 12-14 minutes to cook them through.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can replicate this recipe in a convection oven at 400 degrees for approximately 12-14 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer