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Three halibut filets on a grey plate.

Air Fryer Halibut

  • Author: Katie Clack
  • Total Time: 13
  • Yield: 3-4 Servings 1x


This air fryer halibut is the easiest and most tender halibut recipe you’ll ever try! The air fryer does all the work to ensure a crisp exterior and juicy interior. 


  • 1 pound fresh halibut filets (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive 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


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390°F, or conventional oven to 400°F
  2. Cut your halibut into 3 or 4 equally sized filets if necessary. The skin on is ok.
  3. Brush your filets with olive oil. Mix all the spices in a small bowl to combine, 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, 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.


  • 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 approximate 12-14 minutes.
  • Check it early and often. Over cooking will make the halibut dry. 
  • Work in batches if needed so that the halibut does not overlap in the air fryer. 
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer